25 Jan 2012

Whole PNG village buried under landslide

2:27 pm on 25 January 2012

A whole village has been buried under a landslide in the southern highlands province in Papua New Guinea, with dozens feared dead.

The landslide struck yesterday morning while many people were still sleeping near the Nogoli base for the liquefied natural gas plant site.

One report says about 20 people were buried but others put it higher.

Isaac Pulupe of the NGO Population Services International says it's hard to say how many could have been buried.

"Forty-two households with families inside, the number is not yet known. And people are trying to see who's missing, which people are buried under the landslide. All the whole mountain came and covered the whole village and it's hard to find any body discovered."

Isaac Pulupe says the LNG Project has stopped and the operator ESSO Highlands Ltd, has offered machinery to help with the search.