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Papua New Guinea Landslide Death Toll Rises to an Estimated 2,000, Raising Concerns for Rescue Efforts

A devastating landslide in Papua New Guinea's mountainous region has resulted in an estimated death toll of over 2,000, according to the country's National Disaster Centre. The figure is significantly higher than previous UN estimates, which were around 670. The landslide struck Yambali village in Enga province on Friday, burying homes and causing widespread destruction. The remote location, lack of communication, and ongoing tribal warfare have hindered rescue efforts. The UN and other international organizations are providing assistance, but concerns remain about the unstable ground and the potential for further landslides. The rescue efforts are ongoing, but hopes of finding more survivors are dwindling.

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