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Kyrgyz landslide claims 16 lives

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Rescue workers are searching for survivors from a landslide that swept through a village in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.

At least 16 people died when five houses were destroyed in a mountain village in the Jalalabad region close to the border with Uzbekistan.

Heavy rains and harsh weather conditions are thought to have triggered the landslide.

Landslides and avalanches are common in the former Soviet republic.

Officials said emergency workers had reached the village and were clearing debris, with the assistance of residents from neighbouring areas.

Experts say over-grazing of Kyrgyzstan's mountain slopes make them more prone to such incidents.

Fatalities are also said to be relatively common due to the unsuitable location and flimsy construction of many homes.



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