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Over 2,000 buried alive in Papua New Guinea landslide

02:31 PM | 27 May, 2024
Over 2,000 buried alive in Papua New Guinea landslide

A catastrophic landslide has struck Papua New Guinea (PNG), with reports indicating that over 2,000 people may be buried under the debris, according to government information relayed to the United Nations.

Heavy overnight rains in Enga province have raised concerns about the stability of the rubble, complicating rescue operations. Emergency teams are on-site, but crucial heavy machinery has yet to arrive due to impassable roads, leaving helicopters as the only means of access.

Despite the challenging conditions, only six bodies have been recovered since the landslide occurred on Friday. The UN has warned that the death toll could rise significantly as rescue efforts continue over the coming days.

In a remarkable turn of events on Monday, two residents, Johnson and Jacklyn Yandam, were rescued after their cries for help were heard. They expressed immense gratitude, describing their survival as miraculous.

However, hopes for finding more survivors are diminishing. A letter from the PNG National Disaster Centre to the UN reported that the landslide had “buried more than 2,000 people alive and caused major destruction.”

The UN’s latest update noted that PNG officials are concentrating on clearing debris and improving access to the affected area. They are also assisting local authorities with evacuations, and the distribution of food and water.

In Wabag, the provincial capital located 60km from the affected villages, heavy rain fell for two hours overnight. Communication remains limited in the disaster zone, and weather conditions continue to pose a significant risk.

Serhan Aktoprak, chief of the UN’s International Organization for Migration mission in PNG, highlighted concerns about water seeping between the debris, which increases the likelihood of further landslides.

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US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 23 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 23, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.25 for buying and 280.70 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 354.5 and selling rate is 358.35.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

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