Rescue work hampered in Papua New Guinea's massive landslide

Rescuers in Papua New Guinea have recovered six bodies from a massive landslide that engulfed a community on Friday. Rescue work and delivery of relief supplies were slowed over the weekend due to problems accessing the site.

Footage filmed Sunday in the northern province of Enga shows local people using just spades and sticks to locate the missing. Heavy machinery has yet to arrive.

Serhan Aktoprak, country head of the International Organization for Migration, said on Sunday that the community some 600 kilometers northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, is buried under 6 to 8 meters of soil.

He said staff members at the site in the mission estimate that more than 670 people are still buried, adding "hopes of saving them alive is shrinking."

The country's government reportedly estimated the number of buried at 2,000 in a message to the UN.
The risk of further landslides and a series of tribal conflicts are complicating rescue efforts.

Neighboring Australia is considering what assistance it can provide in response to calls from the Pacific nation for help from the international community.