Recovery effort continues for slip victims

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The National, Tuesday 14th Febuary 2012

MORE remains of people who were buried in a massive landslide three weeks ago in Tumbi, near Komo in Hela province, are expected to be recovered soon.
Southern Highlands Disaster and Emergency relief coordinator Martin Pat said work to clear the landslide began last Saturday and was progressing.
He said it was believed 20 people were buried by the landslide.
Pat said there were difficulties in the investigation and search, including locals allegedly trying to add false names on the death toll and casualty list.
He said there was no confirmed list on the number of people killed and injured as investigations were still pending.
He said figures on the death and injury toll would be available once the landslide was cleared.
He said the province’s police mobile squad units, led by group commander, Sgt Peter Buka, were on the ground to monitor the situation.
Pat said three excavators were being used to clear up the disaster-stricken area.
The landslide was one of
the worst disasters to occur in the country.