25 Jan 2012

Search continues for those missing after massive landslide in PNG's Southern Highlands

11:03 am on 25 January 2012

Efforts are continuing to find up to forty people missing in Papua New Guinea's South Highlands after a massive landslide.

The slip is reported to have swept through two villages.

A slide has occurred in an area where the major Liquefied Natural Gas project is being developed.

The LNG project operator, Esso Highlands, says all of its staff are accounted for in the affected area which is situated between the Hides gas fields and the project's Nogoli base.

An Esso spokeswoman, Rebecca Arnold, says PNG authorities, including the National Disaster and Emergency Relief Office, are responding,

Mud flows are known to be a major geohazard in the area which is the focus of increased oil and gas extraction activity.