16 feared dead in Kyrgyz landslide

April 16, 2009 09:01

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan say a landslide has plowed into a village and destroyed five houses where 16 people lived. Emergency Situations Minister Kamchybek Tashiyev says the landslide hit the village of Raikomol in the southern Jalal-Abad region late Wednesday night. He cited a village resident as saying 16 people lived in the ruined houses and said there was no immediate word on their fate. Torrential rainfall in recent days has left villages in the mountainous region heavily prone to mudslides. Officials say 20 emergency workers have reached the site and begun clearing debris. Landslides are a frequent occurrence in the Central Asian nation and claim dozens of lives annually.

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