Landslide affects 50,000

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The National, Wednesday 25th January 2012

UPNG journalism student

A MAJOR landslide in Enga’s Kompiam-Ambum electorate has cut off transport and services to more than 50,000 people.
The landslide was caused by continuous rain.
That has added another disaster on the people in the electorate who were cut off from basic services after the Punap Bridge collapsed two months ago.
John Elyakan, a local in the area, reported the landslide had occurred at Sauand village and had
blocked the road.
He said the Tiakai tribe of Sauand village was demanding K36,000 in compensation from the district administration and the Enga provincial government before the road was cleared.
Elyakan said if not cleared the landslide would badly affect the people and the church and government-run institutions in the electorate.
He urged local MP John Pundari and the Enga provincial government to address the problem and to replace the collapsed bridge as soon as possible.