Safety fears as people drawn to Afghan mudslide site

Government officials and aid workers are worried about the safety of people drawn to the site of a catastrophic mudslide in northeastern Afghanistan in search of aid handouts; they warn of the risk of further landslides and flooding.Many of those in tents around the immediate site of the disaster have received basic aid, but the distributions are now attracting villagers from the surrounding area, according to Noorkhan Haidari, a member of the Afghan civil-political youth organization Afghanistan 1400.There have been reports of fighting breaking out over aid handouts.“We are leaving the area now and crowds are dispersing. Fights broke out over aid and bullets started flying,” one aid worker, who asked not to be named, told IRIN.“Both yesterday and today fighting broke out…

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