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A Devastating Tragedy and a Call for International Support

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A Devastating Tragedy

A massive landslide in Papua New Guinea has buried an estimated 2,000 people alive, leaving a trail of devastation and despair. The disaster struck the remote village of Yambali in the early hours of Friday morning, while the residents were asleep.

The village, located in a mountainous and forested region of Enga province, is believed to have a population of at least 4,000. The landslide has effectively cut off Yambali and other villages from the provincial capital, Wabag, making rescue efforts extremely challenging.

Initial efforts to clear the debris were hampered by the lack of heavy machinery and the survivors' reluctance to allow its use due to concerns about disturbing the bodies of their loved ones. However, an excavator donated by a local builder arrived on Sunday, offering some hope for progress.

The disaster has also exacerbated the ongoing tribal warfare in Enga province, with soldiers being deployed to provide security for aid convoys. The threat of further landslides due to the shifting earth and the destruction of water sources add to the challenges faced by the rescue teams.

The survivors of Yambali have lost their homes, farms, and livestock, leaving them in dire need of assistance. The government of Papua New Guinea has formally requested international help, and countries like Australia and the United States have pledged their support.

The landslide in Yambali is a tragic reminder of the vulnerability of communities living in remote and mountainous regions. The ongoing rescue efforts and the long-term recovery process will require significant international support to help the survivors rebuild their lives.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09