The United Nations expresses its condolences to communities affected by the landslide in Yambali village, Enga Province

May 25, 2024
Kafuri Yaro | UNDP Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby, 25 May 2024 - The United Nations in Papua New Guinea offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families of the landslide at Yambali village, Lagaip-Porgera District, Enga Province.

The landslide occurred in a remote part of Papua New Guinea at 03:00 on Friday 24 May. Access roads to the affected site have been damaged, as has communications infrastructure. While the total number of casualties is yet to be determined, preliminary reporting indicates the death toll may be significant. 

Search and rescue efforts are underway, although continuous landslides and falling boulders are affecting these efforts. The Emergency Response Coordination Team,  comprising ofthe Enga Provincial Disaster Coordination Office, the Department of Health, Department of Provincial Works, police, Defence Force, and the United Nations are coordinating and leading relief efforts. An initial rapid impact assessment conducted by the Emergency Response Coordination Team has identified immediate need for food, shelter and medical supplies, among others.

The United Nations is monitoring the situation very closely, in collaboration with national  and provincial government authorities, including other partners to determine the extent  of damage, casualties and possible assistance that may be required for those impacted.

For queries, contact Ms Kesang Phuntsho, Head of Office, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, 
Port Moresby.