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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 April, 2003, 21:51 GMT 22:51 UK
Landslide hits Kyrgyz village

At least 34 people have died following a landslide in a village in the central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, according to a government official.

He said about 15 houses were swept away in the incident, which happened close to the southern town of Osh in the mountainous Uzgen district.

The landslide followed several days of heavy rain and snow in the region, about 600 km (370 miles) south of the capital Bishkek.

Rescuers are reported to have recovered four bodies so far, while numerous houses in danger of collapse were evacuated.

"In the morning the situation will be more clear," an official from the emergencies ministry said.

Phone services and electricity to the area are reported to have been cut off.

It is thought to be the second time in three days a landslide has struck the area, but the first one on Friday did not claim any victims.



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