Highlands News Papua New Guinea

One dead in Mt Hagen landslide

An infant from Madang and Southern Highlands parentage was killed in a landslide that occurred in Mt Hagen last Friday.

The landslide was caused by heavy rains that lasted for six hours.

A woman and her 10-month-old baby were asleep around 8pm in the night when the landslide occurred near their home at Erave compound at Premiers Hill in Mt Hagen, burying both mother and child underground.

The mother survived, the baby, unfortunately, was pronounced dead on arrival.

More than two hundred people who live at this compound were also affected.

Rooftops were blown away by strong winds and houses covered in mud after the landslide.

On the other side of the Kum River, the heavy downpour and strong winds gave rise to the river system, causing heavy damage to the sewerage treatment plant resulting in sewerage spillage to nearby homes.

People who live beside the riverbank were caught by surprise, when waste from the sewer crept into their homes.

Provincial Disaster Coordinator, Robin Yakumb urged people living along the riverbank to move to higher ground to avoid such disasters.

Yakumb is assisting those affected by the recent rainfalls, and will compile a report for the National Disaster office.

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