Massive landslides in Tajikistan killed 10 people

Massive landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 10 people, including four children, in Tajikistan’s northwestern district of Pejikent.

Ministry of Emergency Situations officials said the landslides came down in the villages of Dashti Kozi and Kishtuk late on the evening of July 19, and rescue and recovery efforts continued through July 20.

Ministry spokeswoman Umeda Yusupova said the death toll could rise because two people are still missing.

Landslides in several other districts of the oblast have damaged several buildings.

Last week, heavy rains triggered landslides in neighboring Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, killing 16 people.

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