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Over 2,000 Buried Alive in Papua New Guinea Landslide

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Port Moresby: A harrowing tragedy unfolded in Papua New Guinea as a remote hillside village in Enga province faced near-total destruction when a section of Mount Mungalo succumbed to a catastrophic collapse. The devastating landslide, which occurred in the early hours of Friday morning, left a once-thriving community devastated, with scores of homes and countless lives buried beneath the rubble.

According to a letter obtained by AFP, Papua New Guinea's national disaster center relayed the grim news to the United Nations on Monday, revealing that over 2,000 individuals were tragically buried alive in the landslide. The catastrophe not only claimed numerous lives but also wrought extensive destruction, leaving behind a scene of utter devastation.

The landslide's impact reverberated far beyond the immediate loss of life, causing widespread destruction to buildings and essential infrastructure, including vital food gardens. Moreover, the disruption to the region's economic lifeline has further compounded the already dire situation, exacerbating the challenges faced by survivors and emergency responders alike.

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Among the casualties of the disaster was the main highway leading to the Porgera Mine, a crucial artery for the region's economic activity. The complete blockage of this vital route underscores the magnitude of the catastrophe and the significant obstacles hindering relief efforts.

Compounding the complexity of the situation is the ongoing instability of the affected area, with the landslip continuing to shift slowly, posing persistent dangers to both rescue teams and survivors. The perilous conditions demand immediate and concerted action from all stakeholders, including the armed forces and national and regional responders.

In light of the scale of the catastrophe, Papua New Guinea urgently called for collaborative efforts from the international community to provide assistance and support. The country's national disaster center emphasized the need for coordinated action and urged the United Nations to liaise with development partners and other international allies to mobilize resources effectively.

As the nation grapples with the aftermath of this devastating natural disaster, the call for solidarity and assistance echoes loudly, emphasizing the critical importance of international cooperation in times of crisis. In the face of immense tragedy, Papua New Guinea stands resilient, rallying together to confront the daunting challenges ahead and rebuild shattered lives and communities.

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