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Afternoon brief: India gives $1 mn aid to landslide-hit Papua New Guinea; 2 killed in Pune hit-and-run case, and more

May 28, 2024 01:33 PM IST

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep sorrow over the massive landslide in Papua New Guinea that has buried over 2,000 people and affected thousands more. In an X post, he conveyed condolences to the affected families and prayers for the injured. He also announced India's readiness to offer support, with the government extending immediate relief assistance of USD 1 million to aid in relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction efforts. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate the area as the landslide remains active. Relief teams are reaching the difficult-to-access northern Enga region, but officials say the chances of finding survivors are slim. Residents have been using shovels and bare hands in their search efforts. Enga provincial administrator Sandis Tsaka described the situation as still dangerous, with rocks continuing to fall. Dig deeper

Villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. ((Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP))
Villagers react as they search through a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. ((Juho Valta/UNDP Papua New Guinea via AP))

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