Afghan war victims denied aid from landslide victim supplies

While landslide victims say emergency supplies are not arriving fast enough, other poor villagers have walked to the refugee center in a bid to get food and other rations.

Afghan war victims denied aid from landslide victim supplies

World Bulletin / News Desk

After deadly landslide in Afghanistan, aid workers have begun to distribute emergency supplies to victims, however there are also war victims in the area who need emergency supplies.

During aid workers distributing emergency supplies near the remote site of a deadly landslide, residents of neighboring poor villages also wanted food and other ration for themselves, witnesses said.

Aid agencies have rushed tons of supplies to more than 4,000 displaced by the landslide in Aab Bareek, a village in the Argo district of Badakhshan in the northeast of the country, that was partially destroyed when the side of mountain collapsed on Friday.

Tensions have been running high in the area, as victims say emergency supplies are not arriving fast enough. Compounding the situation, residents of neighboring poor villages have walked to the refugee center in a bid to get food and other rations.

Dozens of people tried to board an aid truck on Tuesday, and then attacked two police officers who attempted to restore calm, a Reuters witness said.

A further eight police joined their colleagues, beating the villagers back with the butts of their rifles.

"Up to 80 people on a nearby hill pelted the police with stones and the police fired into the air for about a minute," the witness said.

In a tense standoff, a man armed with a pistol approached the aid truck. "Four police were pointing their AK47s at him, and one rushed at him and twisted his arm and grabbed his gun," the witness said.

Hundreds of villagers were buried in up to 50 meters of mud and debris on Friday in the worst natural disaster to hit the country in a decade.

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