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Hundreds feared dead or trapped in Afghanistan landslides, governor says

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(CNN) -- Hundreds of people are thought to be dead or trapped after landslides Friday in a remote part of far northeastern Afghanistan, a provincial governor said.

An initial landslide crashed down on about 300 homes before noon in the mountainous district of Argo in Badakhshan province, governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb said, citing reports from district officials.

A subsequent landslide then trapped hundreds of people -- as many as 600 -- who had come from nearby areas to help dig people out of the first slide, Adeeb said.

Local officials estimate that the 300 homes would have been home to five to seven people each, Adeeb said. It wasn't clear exactly how many people were buried in the slides, and no official death toll was immediately available.

Badakhshan, bordered by Tajikistan to the north and Pakistan to the south, is a sparsely populated region comprising a majority Tajik population and an Uzbek and Kyrgyz minority. Badakhshan was the only province that was not controlled by the Taliban when it ruled Afghanistan.

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