Foreign aid heading to Papua New Guinea following landslide

Papua New Guinea has put out a call to neighboring countries for assistance in dealing with last Friday's deadly landslide.

An Australian disaster assistance response team has been dispatched to the country to help with the rescue and recovery efforts. Canberra says it is providing more than one-and-a-half million dollars in humanitarian aid.

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday his country is providing emergency relief supplies, including shelter, hygiene kits and specific support for women and children. He also said that Papua New Guinea is "the nearest of neighbors and the closest of friends and that the two countries stand with each other through the good times and the bad."

Other countries, including New Zealand and India, are also extending offers of assistance. Wellington says it is deploying a military aircraft to deliver relief supplies.

Parts of a mountain in the northern province of Enga collapsed last Friday. Six people have been confirmed dead, but it is feared the death toll may eventually reach several hundred or more.

The United Nations estimates a total of nearly 8,000 people have been affected, including those in need of evacuation.

Rescue and relief operations have been hampered by the risk of further landslides and because the main highway and other roads have been cut off.