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Afghanistan: families displaced by landslides given food aid

Afghanistan: families displaced by landslides given food aid
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Aid agencies are distributing food to families in northeastern Afghanistan.

Hundreds of families have been displaced by devastating landslides that left hundreds more dead.

For the men, women and children who survived, the future is uncertain. Food, medical care and shelter have been desperately needed.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has brought in enough wheat, vegetable oil and pulses to feed seven hundred families for two months.

“Some of them have lost their homes entirely, others simply can’t go back to them because it’s just too dangerous,” said Marcus Prior from the WFP Programme. “The important thing is today they are getting food assistance which will help them through the next few weeks as they seek to re-establish their lives,” he added.

Local authorities say more than 2,000 people had been trapped under rock and mud up to 30 metres deep – and that they don’t expect survivors to be found.