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Landslide Victims' Bodies Recovered In Southern Kyrgyzstan

BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan -- The bodies of two men killed by a massive landslide in southern Kyrgyzstan caused by heavy rains over the weekend were found on June 14, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Abdisharip Bekilov, of the Emergency Situations Ministry, told RFE/RL that the two residents of Samarkandek in the Batken region had been missing since June 12 after they tried to save their livestock from the storm.

Landslides on June 12 damaged some 230 residential and commercial buildings in the town of Suluktu and the Leilek district of Batken region.

Local authorities estimate that the damage caused by the rains and landslides amounts to 200 million soms ($4.4 million).

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