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Landslide in Papua New Guinea

A devastating landslide happened in Papua New Guinea's mountainous Enga region on May 24. The disaster hit the village of Kaokalam in Enga Province, about 600 kilometers (372 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, at about 3 a.m. local time.

More than 100 people are feared dead and as many as 2,000 people are feared to have been buried after the landslide flattened homes and buried people alive while they were sleeping.

Rescue teams have been slow to reach the site because of the treacherous terrain and tribal unrest forcing the military to escort convoys of relief teams. The remoteness of the affected village, home to nearly 4,000, is also a factor that is hindering search and rescue efforts.

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UNOSAT Webmap for landslide in Papua New Guinea

Type of Event:landslide
Location of Event:Papua New Guinea
Date of Charter Activation:2024-05-30
Time of Charter Activation:07:43
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+12:00
Charter Requestor:NEMA on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZ)
Activation ID:885
Project Management:Kate Burns (NEMA)
Value Adding:Zachary Foltz (ACRI-ST)
Alessandro Novellino (British Geological Survey)
SERTIT Rapid Mapping Service (SERTIT Rapid Mapping Service)
Ian Hamling (GNS Science)
Salman Ashraf (GNS Science)


Preliminary Impact Assessment of the landslide in Papua New Guinea's mountainous Enga region

Copyright: © 2004 GeoEye NextView License
Map produced by ACRI

Information about the Product

Acquired: 27/05/2024

Source: GeoEye-1

Category: Delineation Map

Papua New Guinea, Yambali - Impact map

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by ICube - SERTIT

Information about the Product

Acquired: 05/06/2024

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map


Quickviews are produced for illustration purposes only and do not contain any verified analysis of the disaster.

The landslide in Papua New Guinea's mountainous Enga region can be seen in the GeoEye-1 post-event image on 27 May 2024. The pre-event image is from the Gaofen-2 satellite on  28 November 2022

Copyrights: © 2024 GeoEye NextView License
© CNSA/CRESDA (2022)

Information about the Quickview

Acquired: 28-11-2022 / 27-05-2024

Source(s): Gaofen-2 / GeoEye-1

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