Over 70 Papua New Guinea police officers have deployed to address tensions in the sub-district of Wau in Morobe province.
EMTV reported there were deadly clashes over the weekend between traditional landowners in Wau and settlers from the Waria sub-district.
Local MP Sam Basil said the clashes began when three youths from Wau were allegedly attacked by youths from Warua.
In retaliation, people from Wau torched over thirty houses at the local Waria settlement.
There have been two deaths and a number of people injured.
Local police have been reinforced by dozens of officers from other parts of PNG, including a contingent of the police mobile squad.