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09 February 2012

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Thanks Dr Dave for the first phase of highlighting the factors that may have triggered the landslip. Informative.

The onus now is squarely in the hands of National Disaster Council to actually walk the site and do their own ground truth geological factors verifications and hazard mapping assessments and devise contingency measures and or recommendations ASAP.

I hope these serve as a basic framework for any related occurrences nationwide.

I am very concerned that this report is biased and does not reflect the root cause of the landslide.

I am saddened by the way human activities have caused the landslide to bury a good number of people, and the way the report has been furnished. In whose interest has this report been published?

The person or persons who have written this should understand that the area has been there for thousands of years. Can he justify that in those years there was no rainfall as recently experienced?

The writer has also compared this with the Kaiapit slip. I guess the Kaiapit slip was related to mining activity.

So the Tumbi Quarry is caused by the human activities. Our God has given land to each and everyone of us and Tumbi is created for those buried and some escaped.

The foreigners worked on their land and buried the rightful landowners.

This is indeed painful and the report should have been written fairly, establishing its root cause as the land is not of today but has been there for thousands of years and rains of such or even higher may have fall onto it.

I am very concern and saddened by the report.

Kumis Koi (Margarima)

I agree with Dr Dave that the PNG government's National Disaster Council should be commended for acting quickly and openly to show what they are doing in their investigation of the Tumbi Quarry Landslide.

It is also good that they have already put in place a Management plan. Hopefully there will be no more loss of life should there be further slips.

As Dr Dave points out there are a number of aspects of this landslide that probably need further investigation.

Hopefully the PNG government will tap into all international research done on this type of landslip. I notice that the geologist and technical advisor involved is Elizabeth Michael. I wish her well.

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