Papua New Guinea - Landslide OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0079
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Papua New Guinea - Landslide
4 April 2002

This report is based on information provided by the Papua New Guinea National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) through the OCHA Regional Disaster Response Advisor (RDRA) for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji, as well as media reports.

1. On Tuesday, 2 April, between midnight and 2 a.m. local time, a landslide hit Markham District in Marobe Province, in the remote central highlands of Papua New Guinea, 200 km north of the capital Port Moresby.

2. Three villages were buried after the collapse of one side of a cliff into the river, possibly triggered by heavy rains and a small earthquake of 5.3 magnitude (Richter Scale) on Monday, 2 April. Eight people have been confirmed dead so far but the death toll is believed to be closer to 27, according to the NDMO, since 22 to 30 people are still missing, probably buried in the mud. Eleven people were also reported injured.

3. The Papua New Guinea NDMO sent a mission on Wednesday, 3 April to assess the damage and the needs. Its report is expected early next week. The Provincial Administrator and the Provincial Disaster Coordinator are also on site.

4. OCHA's RDRA in Fiji is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Port Moresby and the NDMO and will revert with further information as soon as it becomes available.

5. No request for international assistance has been received by OCHA to date.

6. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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