By JAMES APA GUMUNO
FOUR family members, including a baby and a Grade 12 student, were buried alive by a landslide which hit their Woe village house in Enga’s Wabag town last Friday.
Four other family members sleeping in the house were rescued by police and villagers.
One of the survivors is still at the Wabag General Hospital.
Acting provincial police commander Chief Insp Martin Lakari identified the dead student as Eriken Minalyo, attending Wabag Secondary School.
He was killed by the landslide together with his father Minalyo Piyo, younger brother Ronney Philip and baby girl Emi Rose.
Chief Insp Lakari said police and villagers managed to quickly dig through the debris to pull out the four survivors.
The landslide struck at 1.30am while the occupants were fast asleep.
A 20-year-old boy, who was admitted to the hospital with body injuries, is recovering.
Chief Insp Lakari said the landslide was caused by heavy rain the past month and urged the people to be alert and wary of the ongoing wet season.
“People living on the hill or mountain slopes should be more alert. The prolonged wet season has been causing many landslips and landslides along the road and in the villages,” he said.
Chief Insp Lakari said police were also providing security to contractors clearing the many landslides and landslips blocking the Enga section of the Highlands Highway.