Press Release: Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier on deadly landslide in Badakhshan/Afghanistan

May 3, 2014

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (3 May):

I was deeply shocked to learn of the terrible devastation caused by a landslide which claimed the lives of more than two thousand people in the Afghan province of Badakhshan.

Our thoughts are with the victims of this natural disaster and their loved ones.

The German Government is in contact with the Afghan authorities and will help wherever possible to alleviate the suffering of those affected.

Background information:

On 2 May, several landslides occurred in Badakhshan province in which many people lost their lives. At present, it is estimated that more than 2000 people died. The situation is currently being assessed in close coordination with Afghan agencies and international organisations with a view to establishing the concrete need for assistance. The German Embassy in Kabul and the Consulate-General in Mazar‑e‑Sharif are supporting the coordination measures in Kabul and in the northern regions.

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