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  • May 30, 2024

Landslide in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea 

At around 3:00 am on May 24th, a devastating landslide struck Yambali village in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. Triggered by heavy rains, this disaster has buried over
2,000 people under eight metres of soil and debris, marking it as one of the deadliest in the country’s recent history.

The landslide destroyed homes, infrastructure, and farmland, affecting over 7,840 people, including 1,650 who are now displaced. 

The Enga Provincial Disaster Committee has declared a State of Emergency in the affected area. PNG defence force and local authorities are responding along with local and international organisations to provide immediate relief. However, they face significant challenges due to the remote location, ongoing terrain instability, and damage to access roads. International governments including New Zealand, Australia and India are committing funds and technical assistance to support the rescue and recovery 

Survivors face significant challenges. Many had previously sought refuge in the area to escape tribal conflict which had escalated earlier this year  although a ceasefire between warring groups has been signed. While immediate search and rescue operations continue, the focus is turning to the support to survivors.

Mark Mitchell, Anglican Missions Humanitarian Manager, who has visited the area several times previously says:

“The area is high in the mountains and the nights can get very cold”.

Further landslides also pose further risks along the valley, and communities in the area are on notice to evacuate. There is an immediate need to protect those who are exposed and provide essential supplies such as food, water, and shelter.

However, the scale of the disaster demands more extensive support to ensure the safety and well-being of affected families and there is urgent need for safe drinking water, as many sources have become inaccessible or contaminated, posing severe health risks. Many people are also traumatised by the event and loss of loved ones.   


Prayer points: 

Comfort for the Bereaved: Pray for the families mourning the loss of loved ones and those awaiting news of the missing. 
Strength for Rescue Workers: Pray for protection, strength, and perseverance for the rescue teams working in hazardous conditions. Pray also for the swift delivery and equitable distribution of emergency relief supplies. 
Continued Peace: Pray for the ceasefire agreement to hold and for peace and respect between communities and tribes to continue 

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