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By Sampson Bonai

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 1) – A man was killed after his house was swept by a landslide at a mining area in Wau, Morobe province over the weekend.

[PIR editor’s note: Morobe province is located in the north central part of the Papua New Guinea peninsula, north of the capital city of Port Moresby.]

The man, believed to be from the Eastern Highlands province, was asleep in his makeshift house at the Koranga mining lease area in Wau when the landslide struck on Sunday morning.

A police spokesman said the massive landslide buried the house in a pile of mud and debris and swept it into the river some 100 meters away.

The spokesman said it took three hours to dig up the mud and debris to retrieve his body.

Justin Edimani, mining engineer from the Small Scale Mining Branch, confirmed the incident, saying the man was believed to be carrying out illegal mining activities in the area.

Mr. Edimani said they had warned people about the perils of illegal mining in the area.

Wau/Bulolo Gold miners Association Tau Omas expressed sadness over the death, adding that small-scale miners should follow strict safety procedures.

He also warned against illegal mining.

November 2, 2005

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