8 Nov 2013

PNG's Eastern Highlands Governor accepts petition from landslide victims

11:17 am on 8 November 2013

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province has accepted a petition to the Government from a village stricken by a landslide that killed at least nine people.

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

Julie Soso and other public officials have just returned from a visit to the village by helicopter, bringing tents, blankets, food and other emergency relief.

She says villagers asked the delegation to pass on a petition to the Government.

"The petition demanded the Government pay six million kina, they are blaming the Government, thinking that the heavy vehicles that are travelling on that highway had contributed by making the soil there not too strong."

Julie Soso says most of the Highlands Highway has now reopened but work to recover eight bodies is continuing.