14 Apr 2008

Hundreds displaced by landslide in PNG's Simbu Province

3:43 pm on 14 April 2008

The provincial government in Papua New Guinea's Simbu Province has declared Gera village near Kundiawa a disaster zone after a massive landslide.

The slide crushed a number of houses, four church buildings, food gardens, livestock areas, and displaced over 2,000 people.

The National newspaper reports government officials, led by provincial affairs advisor Joseph Kekemo, have visited the area and say the people need urgent assistance.

The Provincial police commander Joseph Tondop has warned of possible law and order problems and urged the National Government to respond immediately.

A church pastor Barme Yopa says many of those affected have sought refuge in the neighbouring Ku, Dinga, and Womai villages.