6 Nov 2013

Emergency relief efforts continue in Eastern Highlands following landslide

2:49 pm on 6 November 2013

Emergency relief efforts are continuing in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea following a landslide, which is believed to have claimed at least nine lives.

The landslide tore through the village of Kenagi in the rugged Highlands region, following torrential rain on Saturday evening.

The police say an enormous flow of mud from a nearby mountain buried at least half a dozen homes.

Work is continuing to reopen the crucial Highlands Highway, which leads to major LNG projects.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Todagia Kelola, says some landowners believe the placement of the highway could have destabilised the area.

"The landowners are complaining that because of the highway, the Highland's Highway that runs through, it has created some instability on the mountain land that actually caused it."

Todagia Kelola says several PNG political leaders are visiting the area and talking to locals and relatives of the victims.