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300 buried in Papua New Guinea 

News Desk || risingbd.com

Published: 19:40, 25 May 2024  
300 buried in Papua New Guinea 

Rescue teams have arrived at the site of an enormous landslide in Papua New Guinea‘s remote highlands, helping villagers search for hundreds of people feared dead under towering mounds of rubble and mud.

The disaster hit Kaokalam village in Enga province early on Friday morning when many villagers were at home asleep, according to government officials.

According to Papua New Guinea media, at least 1,182 houses were also buried in the landslide in the area located about 600km (370 miles) northwest of Port Moresby.

“At this time, we are still searching for bodies who are buried by the massive landslide,” community leader Mark Ipuia told a news agency on Saturday, adding that “more than 300” villagers may be entombed.

So far, only four bodies have been pulled from the debris, a United Nations official based in the capital, Port Moresby, was quoted as saying.