Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday expressed shock at the devastating landslides in Afghanistan that have claimed at least 350 lives, with thousands more feared trapped, and offered India's assistance in relief and rehabilitation efforts.
"I am deeply shocked and saddened by the devastating natural disaster that has struck Badakhshan province in Afghanistan," he said in a statement in Delhi. "The people of India stand with their Afghan friends in grieving for those who have perished or are missing. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this hour of pain and sorrow. We know that the Afghan people will face up to this tragedy with their unmatched courage and fortitude. India stands ready to provide whatever assistance and support that we can for rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts to help the victims of this enormous disaster."
Landslides, triggered by the recent heavy rains, buried a village in northern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province on Friday, killing at least 350 people. Thousands more are feared dead, trapped under the mud.