Papua New Guinea: Earthquakes - Feb 2018Ongoing
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck on 26 February (25 February UTC), with its epicentre in Nipa-Kutubu district, Southern Highlands province. The affected area is sparsely populated, with a dispersed population living in remote, rural communities. There are no major urban areas in the immediate vicinity although there is a gas pipeline in the area. There were some minor landslides following the earthquake, but as of 26 February no damage to infrastructure or homes has been reported. (OCHA, 26 Feb 2018)
At 15.17 UTC on 26 February 2018, a major aftershock with a magnitude of 6.2 M occurred in the Southern Highlands province close to the location of the 7.5 M earthquake of 25 February. According to media, as of 27 February, at least 30 people have been killed and 300 have been injured, several houses have been buried due to landslides in the worst affected areas of Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. The search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the death toll is expected to rise. For the time being, local authorities have not requested international support. (ECHO, 27 Feb 2018)
On 1 Mar, an immediate State of Emergency has been declared for Highlands Earthquake Disaster areas in Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga Provinces to expedite the restoration of essential public services. PNG government approved K450 million for relief operations and to restore services, as well as the formation of an Emergency Disaster Restoration Team and the Establishment of a Restoration Authority to manage long-term reconstruction efforts over a 4-year period. (Govt. PNG, 1 Mar 2018)
Aerial assessments have shown significant damage and large landslides, and it is estimated that up to 465,000 people may have been affected by the disaster. An estimated 247,000 people are likely to require immediate assistance. Water is reported to be scarce in affected areas due to damage to storage facilities and water sources. One of the main health facilities in the affected area, Mendi hospital, is reportedly experiencing disruption to both water and power supplies. (OCHA, 5 Mar 2018)
A strong aftershock with a magnitude of 6.7 M at a depth of 10 km occurred in the Western province on 6 March at 14.13 UTC, approximately 30 km south-east of the major 7.5 M earthquake of 25 February. According to media, as of 7 March at 8.00 UTC, at least 18 people have been killed by the 6.7 M earthquake. (ECHO, 7 Mar 2018).
The Government, private companies and humanitarian partners have focused initial relief efforts on communities in the worst-hit seven LLGs in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. Private companies and bilateral partners, including Australia, Japan and New Zealand, play a critical role in the early phase of the response. They work closely with UN agencies, NGOs, CSO, FBOs and the Red Cross. Humanitarian partners have provided food to over 34,400 people in Nipa Kutubu LLG and Komo Magarima LLG. Up to 54,260 households are estimated to be in need of emergency shelter. To date, 100 households in Mount Bosavi LLG and another 100 households in Para/Moro have received shelter equipment.
While health facilities outside the catchment areas of private companies remain to be assessed, partners have distributed 100 per cent medical kits and 13 cartons of reproductive health kits to Mendi and Tari provincial hospitals and most impacted health facilities. Much needed vaccines (in cold boxes with cold packs) and vaccine devices have been transported to Hela, Southern Highlands, Enga and Western Highlands provinces. Routine immunization with TT vaccine are planned for over 60,000 children under 1 year of age and for over 758,000 women of reproductive age. (PNG Disaster Management Secretariat, 11 Mar 2018).
As of 13 March, the Papua New Guinea government reports that the death toll from the 7.5 magnitude earthquake has risen to at least 53, as confirmed by the two provincial disaster offices (Govt. PNG, 13 Mar 2018).
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PORT MORESBY/SYDNEY, 23 March 2018 – UNICEF has this week delivered 23 metric tons of relief supplies to Papua New Guinea, including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, blankets and learning kits as part of ongoing efforts to help children and families who were hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
Violence and lawlessness are surging again in the capital of Papua New Guinea's Hela province, Tari.
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This report is produced by the National Disaster Centre, the Office of the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Coordination and Assessment (UNDAC) Team in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat. It covers the period from 18 March to 21 March 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 27 March 2018.
According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), 6,444 households (34,153 people) are displaced in 39 communities and informal care centers.
On 26 February 2018, at 3:44am local time, an earthquake measuring M7.5 hit the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), with its epicentre located 30 km south of Tari town, Hela Province. The Government of Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency and has established Forward Operating Bases in Mt. Hagen and Moro, as well as Emergency Operations Centres in Mendi and Tari. The Government, private companies, bilateral and humanitarian partners have focused relief efforts on communities in the worst-hit areas.
01. LOGISTICS OPERATIONAL UPDATES
The Australian Defence Force, (ADF) is considering requests for assistance, using the Hercules C-130J, for ad-hoc rotations between Port Moresby/Mt Hagen and Moro, into early next week. Request for Assistance (RFA), must be submitted for requests to be considered, and the Australian DFAT has requested agency distribution plans for their consideration when making a decision on the acceptance of the task.
21 MARCH 2018, PORT MORESBY - A third of all health facilities have closed in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces as a result of the Papua New Guinea earthquake.
On 26 February, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, triggering landslides, affecting water sources and wiping out houses, health facilities, people and crops. More than 190 aftershocks have been recorded, according to the United States Geological Survey, including one as recently as 20 March.
Trauma from last month's big earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands is still too fresh for many communities to return to their villages.
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By Yara Murray-Atfield
A month after a huge deadly earthquake in Papua New Guinea, there are warnings that schools won't be able to reopen until next year, leaving traumatised children in limbo.
A month after a deadly magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's Highlands, aid workers have warned that an entire "generation" of children may miss out on a proper education.
544000 PEOPLE AFFECTED
270000 NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
4 PROVINCES AFFECTED
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 26 February 2018.
Hela and Southern Highlands are the worstaffected provinces. Western and Enga Provinces have also been impacted.
Water, food, shelter, medicine and the provision of health services are the priority needs.
Today during a visit to Port Moresby, I announce additional support for recovery and reconstruction efforts in Papua New Guinea’s highlands region following the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake on 26 February.
More than 125 people were killed by the earthquake and its aftershocks and the UN estimates 500,000 people have been affected.
Australia has been helping with relief efforts through emergency supplies and specialist personnel, transport and distribution in affected areas, helping to restore electricity and supporting vulnerable women and children.
AAF platforms and crews have combined with Australian Army CH-47F Chinooks to deliver thousands of pounds of essential aid to remote villages in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the wake of the recent earthquake.
On February 26, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake devastated villages across PNG, cutting off many roads.
With food, water and essential medicines running low, C-130J Hercules, from RAAF Base Richmond, began flying essential relief supplies as part of Operation PNG Assist 2018.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
A United Nations co-ordinator in Papua New Guinea says three weeks after a devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake, some areas are still to get relief.
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A community worker from Mogulu in Papua New Guinea's Western Province says some people have only just managed to walk out from landslip affected areas after family members were killed.
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By Catherine Graue
Sitting at the collision point of several tectonic plates, Papua New Guinea is ranked the 10th most disaster-prone country in the world and is regularly rattled by earthquakes.
But as the developing nation undergoes a rapid period of urbanisation, there are fears buildings are not being constructed to a standard that can survive strong earthquakes — potentially leading to large numbers of casualties.
This report is produced by the National Disaster Centre, the Office of the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Coordination and Assessment (UNDAC) Team in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat. It covers the period from 15 March to 17 March 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 20 March 2018.