Statement from CARE Australia on landslide in Enga, PNG

ByCARE Australia May 24, 2024 0 comments

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CARE Australia is saddened to confirm reports of a landslide which occurred early on Friday morning of 24 May in Enga Province, in the northern region of Papua New Guinea. The landslide which occurred at 3am PNG time in Yambali Village, took place in a remote area.

Highway access near Yambali Village is obstructed, which will likely take considerable time to clear. This will hinder assessment and relief efforts. Despite the challenges a team including the Provincial Disaster Center, Department of Health, Police and Defence Forces, have reached the site to further assess the situation. CARE is in contact with the team, and stands ready to support the government-led response as appropriate. While the area is not densely populated, our concern is that the death toll could be disproportionately high.

CARE has worked in Enga over the years in humanitarian, development and peace-building projects. Such work forms part of CARE’s broader work throughout the highlands region of Papua New Guinea, across natural disaster preparedness and response, health, gender equality and livelihood promotion.

For media enquiries contact Briony FitzGerald on briony.fitzgerald@care.org.au or 0404 117 927

About CARE Australia 

CARE Australia supports women around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We work in partnership with local communities to provide equal opportunities for women that they have long been denied: the ability to earn an income, gain access to their fair share of resources, to lead and participate in decisions that affect their lives, and to be able to withstand the increasing impacts of climate disasters and other crises. www.care.org.au

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