Papua New Guinea: 40 dead in a landslide (media)

A landslide occurred on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday near the town of Mendi in central Papua New Guinea, devastated two villages killing 40 people, reported local media.

“People, including children, were buried alive,” said a local official, Francis Potap, quoted by the Western press.

While the people slept, the landslide completely covered several villages. The death toll may rise, twenty people are reported missing. In addition, the roads leading to villages are blocked.

According to the Post Courier newspaper, the country’s prime minister Peter O’Nelil will travel to the scene of the disaster on Wednesday.

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