Dozens of people are feared dead, with local rescuers estimating many are still buried under the debris, after the landslide in Komo Maggarima District, in the remote Hela Province, struck in the early hours of 24 January, catching many residents off guard (IRIN, 25 Jan 2012).
Heavy seasonal rains resulted in widespread flooding in Oro Province between September 2011 and January 2012. Some 11,125 people were affected. Thousands people were also affected in other parts of the country, particularly in Sandaun Province, Western Highland Province and NCD Province. Several areas are still difficult to access. (IFRC, 24 Feb 2012)