Up to 100 feared dead in Afghan quake

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KABUL -- As many as 100 people are feared dead in a magnitude-5.7 earthquake and landslide Monday that buried more than 20 houses in northern Afghanistan, officials said.

Rescuers had pulled two women's bodies from the rubble in Baghlan province, said provincial Gov. Abdul Majid. The UN said houses were destroyed across five districts, and confirmed one other death.

The landslide of mud and rocks buried houses so deep in the mountain village of Sayi Hazara that rescuers gave up trying to dig through them with shovels, said a police spokesman. There were no visible signs of buildings underneath.

"We need bulldozers or other machinery to remove all this earth and get the bodies out, or the survivors if there are any," Basharat said.

They knew how many houses were buried only from information provided by area residents, who said between 25 and 30 houses disappeared in the landslide. -- AP

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