Australia in discussions over PNG landslide aid: deputy PM-Xinhua

Australia in discussions over PNG landslide aid: deputy PM

Source: Xinhua

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2024-05-27 09:11:30

CANBERRA, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Australia is in discussions with Papua New Guinea (PNG) about providing aid following a deadly landslide, the nation's deputy prime minister has said.

Over 670 people are presumed dead after a massive landslide in the highlands of PNG's Enga province on Friday, a United Nations (UN) official said on Sunday.

Richard Marles, Australia's defence minister and deputy prime minister, on Monday said that the Australian government had been in discussion about providing support to PNG since Friday.

He told state media Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio that Australian support could include airlift capacity to aid search and rescue efforts in the very remote location where the landslide occurred.

"There may be other equipment that we can bring to bear in terms of the search and rescue, and all of that we are talking through with PNG right now," Marles said.

"It's just now a matter of working out exactly what we can do in the context of this occurring in a very remote part of the country."

In a statement posted on social media on Saturday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said all Australians were grieving for PNG and said Australia stands ready to assist.

Penny Wong, the foreign minister, on Friday described the loss of life and destruction as devastating.