Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fears for missing after Papua New Guinea landslide

Grave fears are held for a number of people trapped after a landslide in Papua New Guinea's mountainous Highlands region.

Shortly before 6:00am (local time) there was a landslide in the Hides region of Southern Highlands province.

Locals say people have been buried but it is unclear how many are missing and details are sketchy.

One local says three villages have been covered while another report says only a handful of homes were lost.

Neither the police nor the national disaster centre have been available for comment.

The landslide is near one of the main work sites for Exxon-Mobil's massive liquefied natural gas project.
A project spokeswoman says the main road in the area has been cut and work at the site and a nearby airfield has stopped. Source