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India announces USD 1 million relief assistance for landslide-hit Papua New Guinea, PM Modi condoles loss of lives 
Papua New Guinea
Hundreds were buried in a landslide in Yambali village, Papua New Guinea, on May 24, 2024Photo Courtesy: IOM/ Mohamud Omer

India announces USD 1 million relief assistance for landslide-hit Papua New Guinea, PM Modi condoles loss of lives 

| @indiablooms | 28 May 2024, 04:00 pm

The Indian government on Tuesday announced  USD 1 million in relief assistance to Papua New Guinea where 2000 people are believed to have been buried following a landslide.

India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement: "As a close friend and partner under the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) and as a gesture of solidarity with the friendly people of Papua New Guinea, Government of India extends an immediate relief assistance of US$ 1 million to support relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts."

MEA said India has firmly stood by Papua New Guinea during times of difficulty and devastation caused by natural disasters, as in the wake of the earthquake in 2018 and volcanic eruptions in 2019 and 2023.

PM Modi expresses concern

Condoling the loss of lives in the landslide tragedy, Modi assured all possible assistance to the country.

"Deeply saddened by the loss of lives and damage caused by the devastating landslide in Papua New Guinea. Our heartfelt condolences to the affected families and prayers for speedy recovery of the injured. India is ready to offer all possible support and assistance," he posted on X.

Friday’s landslide in the north of Papua New Guinea is likely to have been far more deadly than first thought, Serhan Aktoprak, the country head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Sunday.

In a media interview,  Aktoprak said that the community in Yambali village, situated at the foot of a mountain in the remote Enga Province, is buried under between six to eight metres of soil.

150 houses are believed to be buried, said the senior UN official, around 90 more than previously reported.

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