The landslide caused the death of about 40 people in the mountainous central part of Papua New Guinea, about 20 people are reported missing, reports on Wednesday, the Associated Press referring to the head of the Center for Emergency Management Mosi Martin (Martin Mosi).
Landslide completely covered two villages in a time when local residents were asleep. The roads leading to the villages were blocked.
The exact number of victims is not reported.
The total area of destruction was about two kilometers.
"People were buried alive, and, as I have heard, some of them — the children," — said the deputy of the local legislative assembly Potapov Francis (Francis Potape).
According to the newspaper Post Courier, on Wednesday at the scene of the tragedy will leave Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.