Massive Landslide in Papua New Guinea Feared to Have Claimed Over 100 Lives


A massive landslide in Papua New Guinea is feared to have claimed over 100 lives as it struck six remote villages approximately 600 kilometers north of the capital, Port Moresby, at around 3:00 a.m. local time. Emergency response teams are currently assessing the damage in the region, with significant losses of life, property, and agricultural lands reported. The disaster has been described as a catastrophic natural event, one that is unprecedented in the history of the affected province, according to local sources.
  • More than 100 people are feared dead following a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea.
  • The landslide occurred around 3:00 a.m. local time, affecting six remote villages north of Port Moresby.
  • Footage from the scene shows extensive destruction, with over 300 lives reportedly lost and significant damage to properties and food gardens.
  • This event marks the 11th fatal landslide in Papua New Guinea in 2024, highlighting the country’s vulnerability to such disasters.
  • Factors such as frequent earthquakes, intense rainfall, and a tropical climate contribute to the high landslide risk in the region.
  • While the exact trigger of this landslide is unclear, Papua New Guinea has experienced a series of landslides this year, many associated with heavy rainfall potentially intensified by climate change.
  • Experts suggest that mapping landslide-prone areas and relocating vulnerable populations could reduce the risk of future disasters.
  • David Petley, a geographer and Earth scientist, emphasizes the challenge of providing assistance and medical aid to the affected populations due to their vulnerability and lack of national services.

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