BISHKEK, April 21. - Emergency officials today said rescuers have recovered five bodies after a landslide buried a village in southern Kyrgyzstan, killing around 38 people.
Anarkul Aitaliyev, a senior official at the Emergencies ministry, said 17 children and 13 women are among the victims of yesterday's landslide in the Kara-Taryk village of the Uzgen district in the Osh region, about 600 kilometers south of the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek.
The landslide was triggered after heavy snows and weeks of rain in the region.
President Askar Akayev has ordered the government to give emergency supplies to survivors and to protect people from possible landslides in other mountainous areas of the country.
Since a series of landslides in 1994, the government has recommended resettling residents in the region but no funding has been offered for their relocation and people in the area cannot
afford to move themselves.