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31 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• During the first half of 2018, the humanitarian situation in Papua New Guinea (PNG) deteriorated and remains grim due to three States of Emergency in PNG: Earthquake disaster for 4 provinces; Peace and Security for Southern Highlands; Public Health emergency due to polio outbreak.

• UNICEF's has reached over 37,000 children with measles and rubella vaccinations, 23,000 children with micronutrient powder; 64,000 people have been given access to safe drinking water.

27 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

On 26 February, Papua New Guinea was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake – the first of several major quakes and more than 100 tremors to shake the country within weeks. The earthquakes caused devastating landslides and widespread destruction across the four provinces of Hela, Southern Highlands, Western Province and Enga. Families lost their homes, water sources, health facilities and the gardens they relied on for food.

14 Aug 2018 description


  • 544K people affected

  • 270K people targeted

  • 5 provinces targeted

  • $62M funding required


14 Aug 2018 description

Efforts to help earthquake-affected communities rebuild their lives in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region are in full swing.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

13 Aug 2018 description

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalist

"We have no home, our village is devastated, therefore I have to move my people to other location."

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

12 Aug 2018 description

The deputy provincial administrator of Hela in Papua New Guinea says the local law and order has improved in the past couple of months.

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10 Aug 2018 description

By Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalist

Communities affected by February's major earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region are getting little help from government, according to a local Catholic Bishop.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

24 Jul 2018 description
infographic World Food Programme

See at a glance how the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot supported its partners' response to global humanitarian crises in this overview of major shipments and events from January through June 2018.

28 Jun 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• On 18 June, a nine-month state of emergency was declared for the Southern Highlands due to increased outbreaks of violence which has led to a destruction of infrastructure and several thousand people being affected. UNICEF and partner agencies continue to provide assistance in accessible areas.

25 Jun 2018 description

United Nations humanitarian relief efforts in Papua New Guinea's earthquake-affected region are picking up pace again with a welcome return to Mendi.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

25 Jun 2018 description

An NGO worker in Papua New Guinea's Hela province says many families remain in acute need after February's magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

24 Jun 2018 description

On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit parts of the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, significantly affecting the Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces. The Papua New Guinea Government's National Disaster Center (NDC), estimates that over 544,000 people have been affected throughout the five provinces, with more than 270,000 people in immediate need of assistance. The estimated death toll is currently at 100. Due to the remoteness of many of the areas struck by the earthquake, no complete assessments have been possible to date.

19 Jun 2018 description



At a time when the global humanitarian response system was struggling to meet an unprecedented demand in aid for millions of people displaced by natural disasters and conflict, new approaches and stronger partnerships were key to overcome urgent challenges, the Economic and Social Council heard today at the opening of its humanitarian affairs segment.

19 Jun 2018 description


Heavy rain and floods have affected several regions of Myanmar since the monsoon season began in June.

Nearly 70,000 acres of crop plantations have been flooded in Sagaing Region, with Wetlet township particularly affected. In Rakhine State, more than 12,000 people have been displaced and floodwaters have contaminated water sources. In Mon State, floods have affected approximately 7,400 people in Thaton and Mawlamyine districts, with more than 5,800 people evacuated.

11 Jun 2018 description

Challenges may arise in Papua New Guinea as some communities displaced by February's earthquake do not want to return home, the Red Cross says.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

08 Jun 2018 description
report Pacific Community

On Friday morning, Colin Tukuitonga, Director-general of the Pacific Community (SPC), handed 705,840 Pacific Francs, collected from all SPC staff in New Caledonia and Fiji, over to the French Red Cross.

The funds will contribute to the reconstruction efforts of countries recently hit by natural disasters in the region (Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga). The funds were handed over to Michel Rigot, President of the French Red Cross in New Caledonia. They will be equally shared between the Red Cross societies of impacted countries.

08 Jun 2018 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Papua New Guinea says the victims of the February earthquake desperately need assistance.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

01 Jun 2018 description

New-York, 1 June 2018 - The Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund announces an allocation of US$1.5 million to bring thousands of children back to school in Papua New Guinea. The island nation was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake at the end of February which affected more than half a million people and damaged key infrastructures, including hundreds of schools.