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Villagers search for survivors at site of deadly Papua New Guinea landslide

Villagers in bare feet are searching for their loved ones using shovels, axes and other makeshift tools, more than two days after a deadly landslide obliterated a village in Papua New Guinea.

Over 670 people are believed to have died, a UN official told AFP on Sunday.

The once-bustling hillside village in Enga province was almost completely obliterated when the landslide struck in the early hours of Friday morning, burying scores of homes and the people sleeping inside them.

"There are an estimated 150-plus houses now buried," said UN migration agency representative, Serhan Aktoprak, adding that "670-plus people are assumed dead."

"The situation is terrible with the land still sliding. The water is running and this is creating a massive risk for everyone involved," added Aktoprak, who oversees teams of emergency workers from Port Moresby.

(Source: AFP)

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