Papua New Guinea government says Friday’s landslide buried 2,000 people and formally asks for help


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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Papua New Guinea government said a landslide Friday buried more than 2,000 people and has formally asked for international help. The government figure is around three times more than a United Nations’ estimate of 670. In a letter seen by The Associated Press to the United Nations resident coordinator dated Sunday, the acting director of the South Pacific island nation’s National Disaster Center said the landslide “buried more than 2000 people alive” and caused “major destruction.” Estimates of the casualties have varied widely since the disaster occurred, and it was not immediately clear how officials...