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At Least 15 People Feared Dead in Papua New Guinea After Landslide at Informal Gold Mine

HeadlineDec 30, 2020

In Papua New Guinea, 15 people are missing and feared dead after heavy rains triggered a landslide near an informal gold mine in a remote rural area. Three children are among those feared buried alive in their encampment at the base of a mountain, where miners pan for gold to scratch out a living. Some of the world’s biggest mining companies, including Rio Tinto, have extracted vast mineral wealth from Papua New Guinea for decades, leaving a path of environmental destruction behind, while most miners live in poverty.

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