Twelve people have died following a landslide in Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday 21 March 2020. The incident happened at about 1.00 am local time, in the village of Tendepo Council, close to Tambul, and struck two houses in which families of five and seven were sleeping. The precise cause of the incident is unclear at this time, but March is peak Monsoon Season in Western Highlands Province, with rainfall typically exceeding 270 mm per day, and landslides and flash floods are common in the area.
Diagrammatic representation of wind and rainfall patterns in a tropical monsoon climate. Geosciences/University of Arizona.
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