Memorial service set for children

National, Normal

The National, Friday 21st September 2012

REMAINS of two of the three children buried alive during a landslip in Southern Highlands two weeks ago, remain buried, while a memorial burial ceremony will be conducted today.
The burial ceremony will be conducted at the landslide site at Wara Bung in Mendi and Southern Highlands along the Mendi and Kagua border.
The trio, a four year old elementary school boy, and two girls below the age of 14 were buried alive as a huge land mass gave way and covered them as a result of continuous rain in the province.
Provincial disaster and emergency response and relief coordinator Martin Pat said the body of Aselyn Sinaku, aged eight, was recovered from the rubble last Wednesday and would be taken from the Mendi Hospital morgue for burial.
Exactly two weeks after the mishap, the remains of her younger brother, Isaiah, aged four, was found on Wednesday after locals staggered across a section of the landslip that was covered with flies.
They dug to find the decomposed body but could not remove it, while that of the other missing girl remains buried somewhere under the land mass.
The relatives of the trio will also be asking the state and authorities during the burial to erect a memorial plaque for the trio at the site of the landslip.
The landslip occurred on Sept 6 after heavy rain flooded and damaged three quarters of the province.