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Death Toll Estimate from Papua New Guinea Landslide Rises to 2,000

HeadlineMay 28, 2024

In Papua New Guinea, officials say as many as 2,000 people are feared dead after they were buried alive when a landslide engulfed several villages in the northern Enga province. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate as the landslide is still active. Most of the bodies remain missing as rescue efforts have been hampered by unstable terrain and a blocked-off road.

Evit Kambu: “I have 18 of my family members buried under the debris and soil that I’m standing on, and a lot more family members in the village I cannot count. I am a landowner here. Thank you to all those who’ve come to help us, but I cannot retrieve the bodies, so I’m standing here helplessly.”

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