Hundreds dead and missing after Papua New Guinea landslide buries more than 2,000

Hundreds of people are dead and unaccounted for after a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea buried more than 2,000 people.

The landslide occurred on Friday, but government officials visited the site of the disaster on Sunday and said that the death toll was estimated to be 670, a number that is expected to grow as rescue teams claw through the rubble.

The landslide struck at 3 a.m., when most residents were asleep, further compounding the tragedy.

In a letter to the United Nations, Lusete Laso Mana, an official in the national disaster center, said that rescue efforts have been challenging given that the ground remains unstable, according to the New York Times. Mana said that there is an “ongoing danger to both the rescue teams and survivors alike.”

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