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Papua New Guinea: Massive landslide. Nearly 700 victims

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More than six villages have been affected by a landslide in the Mulitaka region. The incident took place on Friday at 3 a.m. local time.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the increase in the death toll was based on reports from officials in the village of Yambali, Enga province, that over 150 houses were covered with earth. Previous estimates were 60 houses.

Local authorities initially reported that the death toll was over 100 people. The latest estimates put the number of victims at 670. By Sunday, rescuers had managed to find only five bodies and the leg of the sixth victim. The chances of finding people alive are decreasing.

Papua New Guinea. A huge landslide, many people injured

Rescuers from the CARE organization Australia found that the total number of people affected by the disaster it is probably greater than 4 thousand., because the area was “a place of refuge for people displaced by conflicts,” Reuters reported on Sunday. It mentioned that in February 2024, at least 26 men were killed in Enga province in tribal fighting.

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Representatives of the aid organization reported Friday's landslide left debris up to eight meters high in an area of ​​200 km2, cutting off access to roads, which hinders the aid operation. Helicopters are the only way to reach this region.

Papua New Guinea is the second largest country in Oceania with a population of 10 million. It gained independence in 1975.

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