PNG landslide: Preliminary soil assessment findings expected today

Geotechnical experts from New Zealand will complete their soil assessments today on the deadly landslide in Papua New Guinea.

More than 7000 people have been evacuated and the government believes more than 2000 people are buried under a landslip which is still moving, more than a week after the disaster.

Villagers reported that seven bodies were buried this afternoon out of nine that were recovered.

The remaining two bodies will be taken to the Western Province by their families.

The Geohazard Team is due to deliver preliminary findings today from the area, which experienced a similar landslide 30-40 years ago.

Recommendations include addressing water flow from ground zero, isolating creeks, stabilising large boulders, declaring high-risk landslide areas, and assessing underlying cracks.

The experts have also noted loose rocks on the mountain pose a risk to downstream communities.

A fuel shortage is affecting emergency operations and the Porgera road remains blocked.

Meanwhile, the Chinese community in Wabeg has provided food to survivors and displaced villagers affected by a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea.

Donated food items include biscuits, rice, tin fish, noodles, bottled water, cooking oil, and a cash donation of US$26,000.

Authorities have said there is an urgent need for a bypass road to to be built prevent a humanitarian crisis in Porgera due to dwindling food and fuel supplies.

According to the latest International Organisation for Migration report, there is a “lack of proper leadership from community leaders and the provincial disaster response team, and absence of security forces to control the crowd.”

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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