Damaged Roads Hampering Relief Efforts for Papua New Guinea Landslide Victims

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The United Nations reported Monday, May 27, that unstable terrain, remote locations and damaged roads are hampering efforts to deliver aid to Papua New Guinea following Friday's landslide that has killed an estimated 670 people.

Emergency crews led by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force are on the ground, but heavy equipment needed for the rescue has not reached the remote village because the main road is still cut off and the only access is by helicopter.

Papua New Guinea government authorities are focusing on clearing debris and improving access to the village. The UN is ready to distribute food and clean water and set up evacuation centers.

At the time of this report, six bodies had been found. The UN said the other victims may have died, and the evacuation team will resume search efforts the following day. 

The landslide occurred early Friday morning, May 24, in Enga Province. More than 150 homes have been buried and about 250 homes have been abandoned. In total, approximately 1,250 people have been displaced.

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