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In pictures: Yemen landslide

Yemenis gather on the rubble of their houses following an overnight landslide

At least 43 people are dead and dozens are missing after a landslide destroyed a mountainside village in Yemen.

Yemenis gather on the rubble of their houses following an overnight landslide in Yemen

Large rocks tumbled down the mountain and swept away about 25 houses in the village of al-Dhafir.

Yemenis gather on the rubble of their houses following an overnight landslide

Villagers and troops are digging through the rubble for survivors.

Yemeni men dig for survivors

Some are clearing debris with their bare hands in the hope of finding family members alive.

Yemenis gather on the rubble of their houses following an overnight landslide

Rescue efforts are being hampered by the terrain.

A Red Crescent worker at the landslide scene

Medical personnel and aid workers are on hand to offer help. Eight people have been pulled out alive so far.

Soldiers help in the rescue efforts

But officials warn the chances of finding survivors are fading as time passes.

Yemenis gather on the rubble of their houses following an overnight landslide

Landslides are uncommon in Yemen, but the country is prone to floods in spring and summer.




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