Aid finally arriving in quake devastated PNG villages

Howard TerryMar 09, 2018

He said death reports were still coming in from remote places, and he feared the toll would rise to over 100.

Australia and New Zealand announced that they would increase aid and humanitarian support to PNG, including sending defense forces with medical supplies, relief items, bed mats, and tarpaulins for tents.

Santos will donate US$200,000 to aid agencies in PNG to help get urgently-needed food, water and medical supplies to more than 30,000 people isolated in small villages in the PNG Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces following last Monday's quake. "So they have demanded for an independent inquiry", he said. "People of the highlands are not used to the impact of natural disasters, and this Magnitude 7.5 quake has taken everyone by surprise".

"At least 18 people were killed in Como district and two were killed in another district in the overnight natural disaster", William Bando, Hela Province administrator, told dpa on Wednesday.

James Komengi, a United Church project officer based in the province where the epicentre of the quake was, said: "Mothers and children are so traumatised".

The first casualty assessment comes as authorities and aid workers struggle to reach the rugged highlands area to assess the extent of the damage of the first natural disaster on February 26 and deliver aid to stricken locals.

"It is beyond the capacity of the provincial government to cope with the magnitude of destruction and devastation", Powi said. "Our people are traumatised and finding it hard to cope". He said help from overseas and from local aid agencies was slowly coming in.

LNG exports were halted following the quake, which registered 7.5 on the Richter scale and struck the Southern Highlands region on 26 February.

The rainy season is also a concern as the International Red Cross warned the situation could worsen further if heavy downpours hit.

The Gigira Leiteboj, which left Yung An, Taiwan on February 26 for arrival in Papua New Guinea on March 6, changed its destination to Singapore on March 3, the shipping data showed.

"Around 1,43,000 people are affected and 17,000 people have been generally displaced because their homes are either fully or partially damaged and not in a condition to live in".

Health facilities, even in more accessible parts of the country, have been damaged. All employees and contractors were safe.

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