May 6 - As Afghans bury their dead, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah offers condolences to those hit by landslides. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
They have come to bury their dead in Afghanistan. Landslides in the northeast of the country engulfed hundreds of homes. The death toll may never be known with estimates ranging from 500 up to 2,700. The Afghan government called the landslide site a mass grave. But hundreds are still digging searching loved ones. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) SON OF WOMAN FOUND DEAD AFTER LANDSLIDE, SAIF UL RAHMAN, SAYING: "I found my mother's dead body under the mud. My brothers are still here under the mud and I am trying to pull them out. I urge the government to bring us excavators in order to pull out the bodies. Otherwise, I will get some people to dig for my family's bodies." Against this backdrop of grief and loss Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah offers his support. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ABDULLAH ABDULLAH SAYING: "On behalf of my election team, I express my sincere condolences to you and I hope those martyred by Almighty God will get to paradise, and I also hope you all will be patient and tolerant after this tragedy." Survivors have been warned against returning home because of the danger of more slides. For many a tent is now what they call home.