Papua New Guinea government claims 2,000 people were buried alive due to landslide

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The Papua New Guinea government has said that more than 2,000 people have been buried alive” due to Friday’s landslide. The government said that it has formally sought international help for relief work. Earlier, the International Organization for Migration had feared 670 people may have died due to a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea.

Melbourne. The Papua New Guinea government has said that more than 2,000 people have been buried alive” due to Friday’s landslide. The government said that it has formally sought international help for relief work. Earlier, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had estimated that 670 people may have died due to the massive landslide in Papua New Guinea. The government’s figure is almost three times the figure of this United Nations agency.

In a letter to the U.N.’s local coordinator on Sunday, the acting director of the South Pacific island nation’s national disaster centre said the landslide had “buried more than 2000 people alive” and caused “huge destruction.” Casualty estimates have varied widely since the landslide struck and it was not yet clear how authorities counted the number of victims. Australia on Monday prepared to send aircraft and other equipment to help at the landslide site in Papua New Guinea.

Rainfall overnight in Papua New Guinea’s mountainous regions has raised fears that tonnes of debris burying hundreds of villagers could become dangerously unstable. Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles said his officials had been talking with their Papua New Guinea counterparts since Friday. The landslide occurred on Friday in Enga province, about 600 kilometres northwest of the country’s capital, Port Moresby. The bodies of six people killed in the landslide have been recovered.

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