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2,000 People Feared Dead In Tragic Landslide

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Papua New Guinea is slowly receiving international aid after a massive landslide buried an estimated 2,000 people in a remote village Friday.

A Papua New Guinea government official told the United Nations that more than 2,000 people were believed to have been buried alive and was formally asking for international help to excavate the land, The Associated Press reported.

The U.N. currently estimates the death toll at 670 and said it hasn’t changed that, despite the local government’s estimate. But, it noted, the number will “remain fluid.”

Only the remains of six people have been found so far.

The International Organization for Migration, part of the U.N., is taking a leading response for international aid so far.

Since the landslide happened in a remote mountainous region, it’s difficult to bring equipment and machinery. There also is tribal warfare nearby, which has forced aid workers to travel in convoys and be escorted at night by soldiers, Reuters reported.

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