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Earthquake Kills 2000 In Papua New Guinea

Landslide : The government announced on Monday that more than 2,000 people were buried alive after a huge landslide in Papua New Guinea last week. It said many lives were lost due to the dangerous terrain and the delay in getting help to the scene. In a letter released to the United Nations on Monday (May 27), the National Disaster Center raised the death toll to 2,000. But the number could be more than 670, according to the United Nations special agency.

The difference seems to be due to the remoteness of the location and the lack of accurate estimation of the population living there. The PNG population census was conducted in the year 2000. Most of these people live in remote mountain villages.

At around 3 am on Friday (May 24), a landslide occurred in 'Yambali village' in the northern part of the country while people were sleeping. More than 150 houses were buried under the rubble of about two floors. Rescue workers told local media that they heard screams coming from underground.

“I have 18 members of my family trapped under the rubble I'm standing on, I can't count many family members in the village,” one local, Evit Kambu, told Reuters. 'But I can't get the bodies out so I stand there helpless.' He said.

Even after 72 hours of landslides, locals are still removing the debris with spades, sticks and hands to save the lives of those trapped under them.

Due to the remoteness of the area, heavy machinery, equipment and personnel are difficult to reach to help. They had to travel in convoys and return to the provincial capital, some 60 kilometers (37 mi) away, during the night, under the protection of soldiers from nearby war support personnel.

A United Nations agency official said that 8 people died on Saturday.. 30 houses were burnt. A United Nations official said the first excavator reached the site only late Sunday night. He claimed that six dead bodies have been recovered so far. Due to limited electricity, this place is far from connectivity with other parts of the country.

The office of Prime Minister James Marape said PNG emergency officials were investigating the disaster and Marape was in the capital Port Moresby for the resumption of parliament on Tuesday (May 28), where he faces a vote of no confidence.

Things move slowly.

Although rescue teams were able to reach the scene, rain, unstable terrain and water made it dangerous for rescue teams to clear the debris for residents, said Serhan Oktoprak, chief of mission of the United Nations Migration Agency in PNG. He said that more than 250 houses have been left as the authorities are encouraging people to evacuate as there is a risk of mud and debris shifting again. More than 1,250 people were made homeless.

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