A dozen feared dead in PNG landslide

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At least 12 people are feared dead after a landslide engulfed a makeshift village of alluvial gold miners in Papua New Guinea's Central Province.

Two bodies have been recovered and at least 10 other people remain missing after the landslide at Saki village in Goilala early on Monday, PNG newspaper The National reported.

Heavy rain in the area is hampering efforts by local villagers to clear the mud and debris to look for survivors as police and disaster officials arrive to help.

The bodies recovered were those of a 19-year-old man and a woman in her 30s, The National said.

"Caught in the landslide were alluvial miners believed to be from surrounding villages who had set up camp at the foot of the mountain."

Goilala MP William Samb flew over the site and said early reports indicated there was little chance of finding survivors.