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22 Jan 2019 description

This report evaluates the impact of the disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2018 and provides an overview of global economic losses.

The report reveals that there were 394 natural hazard events in 2018 that generated economic losses of USD 225 billion – of which USD 215 billion was attributed to weather-related events. 2017 and 2018 were named the costliest back-to-back years for weather disasters on record.

15 Jan 2019 description

Overview

Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).

11 Jan 2019 description

BACKGROUND

Papua New Guinea was on 26th February 2018 hit by a 7.5M earthquake that displaced 58,292 people (11,761 households) in Southern Highlands, Hela and Western provinces.1 Fourteen per cent of the displaced households sought refuge in care centres while the remaining 86 per cent continued to live within their own affected communities supported by neighbours, relatives and friends prior to receiving assistance from the government and humanitarian actors.

28 Dec 2018 description
report Theirworld

Billy Briggs

We look at some of the catastrophes and outrages that caused millions of children to have their education disrupted this year.

One in four of the world’s school-age children - over 500 million - lives in countries affected by humanitarian crises such as conflicts, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

09 Dec 2018 description

INTRODUCTION

The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been a gamechanger for WHO. It allows WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks and health emergencies - often in 24 hours or less. This saves lives and helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, a quick response dramatically reduces the costs of controlling outbreaks and emergencies, as well as the wider social and economic impacts.

23 Nov 2018 description

Summary: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was granted on 28 February 2018 for CHF 209,398 to the PNGRCS. The DREF reached 3,000 people in three Highlands provinces, who were affected by Highland Earthquake in PNG.

14 Nov 2018 description
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November 14th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has made a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS), to work together in response to the earthquake disasters in the Oceanian country.

The agreement was signed by Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of QRCS, and Uvenama Rova, Secretary-General of PNGRCS. It will establish a bilateral humanitarian partnership in relieving the victims of a series of destructive quakes that hit several parts of Papua New Guinea in February, April, and October 2018.

05 Nov 2018 description

Summary: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was granted on 28 February 2018 for CHF 209,398 to the PNGRCS. The DREF reached 3,000 people in three Highlands provinces, who were affected by Highland Earthquake in PNG.

24 Oct 2018 description

Disaster authorities in Papua New Guinea are advising people in some parts of the earthquake affected Highlands region to continue boiling their drinking water.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Oct 2018 description

Background

IOM has been providing assistance to people affected by the earthquake that hit the Highlands region in February 2018. Provinces highly impacted by the disaster were Southern Highlands and Hela. Response by IOM includes tracking human displacement through the Displacement Tracking Matrix as well as providing Non-Food Items (NFIs). In addition to NFIs (cooking pots, plates and bowls, water jerry cans and laundry soap), households displaced and requiring shelter related support received tarpaulins.

17 Oct 2018 description

KEY FIGURES

544K people affected

270K people targeted

5 provinces targeted

$62M funding required

SITUATION OVERVIEW

On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), affecting an estimated 544,000 people in five provinces - Enga, Gulf, Hela, Southern Highlands and Western provinces, with Hela and Southern Highlands the most affected. More than 270,000 people including 125,000 children, were in immediate need of life saving assistance.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Caritas

The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report: Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy - Releases today

Climate action should prioritise the poor – Caritas Report

In its fifth environment report for Oceania, Caritas has called for an integrated approach to tackling climate change that prioritises the needs of the poor. The call comes ahead of the release of a Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

26 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

East Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-stricken region in the world.

1 In 2016, disasters affected more than 86 million people in the region, compared with 40 million people in 2015.

2 In February 2018, Papua New Guinea was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which caused devastating landslides and widespread destruction. Some 270,000 people, including 125,000 children, are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance.

31 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• 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

KEY FIGURES

  • 544K people affected

  • 270K people targeted

  • 5 provinces targeted

  • $62M funding required

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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.