Landslide in the forest

The landslide hit a rural region of the island nation on 24 May, but search-and-rescue efforts have been hampered by difficulty in reaching the disaster site and by the hazard that the shifting ground continues to pose.

Papua New Guinea government reports that more than 2,000 people are believed to have been buried alive by the landslide. The region is densely populated, according to local reports, and has a young population. Authorities fear that many of the fatalities will be children under 15.

Aid convoys are delivering relief supplies but face challenging conditions. As of 26 May, land was still sliding, rocks were falling, and the soil was cracking from increased pressure and running groundwater. 

We pray for the people in urgent need, for those who have lost loved ones, and for those who face a long recovery from this terrible disaster,” said Pillay. You are not forgotten. You are children of God who are being held in prayer by your global ecumenical family.”

WCC member churches in Papua New Guinea