Saturday, April 29, 2017

Massive landslide kills 24 in Kyrgystan's Osh

Heavy rain triggered landslides in Kyrgystan's Osh region, burying part of a village and killing at least 24 people, including nine children.

The landslide swept over the village of Ayu at 6:40am local time (00:40GMT) on Saturday and buried six houses with inhabitants inside.

"All 24 citizens of Kyrgzystan, nine of them children, died under the landslide in the south of the country," Elmira Sheripova, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry, told AFP news agency.

A second ministry official also confirmed the death toll to Al Jazeera in a phone call.

President Almazbek Atambayev declared Sunday a day of national mourning.

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