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15 Oct 2008 description

PORT MORESBY, 15 October 2008 (IRIN) - Because Papua New Guinea lies within the "Pacific ring of fire" - an arc of intense seismic activity due to shifting tectonic plates stretching from the eastern edge of Asia to the coast of North and South America - it is prone to natural disasters, especially earthquakes.

18 Jul 1999 description

SISSANO, Papua New Guinea, July 18 (Reuters) - Survivors of three tsunamis that killed at least 2,500 people in Papua New Guinea a year ago never received aid money promised by the government, aid workers said.

Former Papua New Guinea prime minister Bill Skate, who resigned on July 7 under mounting criticism over the country's desperate economic situation, promised 2 million kina (US$1.38 million) to help rebuild fishing communities in Sanduan province devastated by the July 17 disaster.

"The two million from Skate never got here," said Ben Keri, an aid worker and navy …

14 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Recent Beta Footage available of reconstruction work

09 Jul 1999 description

Survivors will gather on the beaches, their former village sites, for religious and traditional ceremonies on 17 July ending the formal one-year mourning period following the tsunami (tidal wave) disaster which struck the Aitape region on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea.

09 Jul 1999 description

Despite slow funding, projects featured in the appeal are moving forward, notably the installation of safe water supplies, the training of health personnel and support for community health measures. Distribution of relief goods, a major logistics feat, has been almost completed. The Federation and the National Society are participating in the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Aitape tsunami disaster.
appeal no. 01.35/99
period covered: 1 March - 30 June 1999

25 Mar 1999 description

Volunteers helping to rebuild areas of Papua New Guinea hit by last year's tsunami disaster say they've been hindered by theft and hijacking of vehicles.

Rotary International's PNG deputy governor, Richard Knox, says some people in the Aitape district have stolen tools and equipment, and even hijacked a car which they held for ransom.

Mr Knox says these acts have been committed by a small minority of people -- but the victims have been volunteers from overseas and this portrays a bad image of Papua New Guinea overseas.

Mr Knox made the comments after accepting a …

15 Jan 1999 description

appeal no. 22/98
situation report no. 6
period covered: 1 - 31 December 1998
15 January 1999

17 Dec 1998 description

appeal no. 22/98
situation report no. 5
period covered: 22 October - 1 December 1998

19 Nov 1998 description

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

30 Oct 1998 description

appeal no. 22/98
situation report no. 4/98
period covered: 15 August - 21 October 1998

26 Oct 1998 description

The province of Sanduan in the northwest of Papua New Guinea was hit by a tsunami following an earthquake on July 17, 1998. Twelve villages with an estimated population of 10, 000 on the coastline near Aitape were severely affected. Reportedly, more than 1,600 people have died and hundreds of casualties had to be treated. There was extensive damage to houses, schools and health posts and disruption of water supply and communication systems.

20 Oct 1998 description

New York, 20 October 1998 - Extreme poverty and the failure of government authorities to adequately prepare for natural disasters have cost nations dearly in loss of life and livelihoods in the past month.

16 Oct 1998 description

Papua New Guinea's Red Cross Society and its international partner have started a program of assistance to the survivors of this year's tidal wave disaster in Aitape.

The Red Cross team, which arrived this week, will put into place health and nutritional training programs and provide water supply facilities.

The projects will help both the survivors of the disaster and nearby villages who have been helping them to cope with life after the tsunami.

01 Sep 1998 description

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Bill Skate, has removed himself as Chairman of the Aitape Tidal Wave Disaster Appeal Fund, to prove to donors that their money will NOT be diverted for political ends.

Sean Dorney reports, Mr Skate is now the patron of the fund which raised millions of dollars for the nine-thousand survivors of the tsunami which killed more than two-thousand people in July.

"The PNG Minister responsible for the National Disaster Service, Simon Kaumi, told Parliament every effort was being made to ensure the spending of donations was fully accountable. He …

27 Aug 1998 description


21 Aug 1998 description
report Oxfam

An earthquake off the coast of Papua New Guinea caused a 10 metre tsunami wave on Friday 17 July. The tidal wave swept 2km inland at Saissano Lagoon, West Sepik, in the reomote north west of the country, killing some 1,600 people. Seven villages were destroyed. Community Aid Abroad (CAA), Oxfam International's Australian affiliate, conducted an assessment and have proposed a 3 month water and sanitation programme. Oxfam GB has offered advisory and technical assistance to CAA and is likely to make a financial contribution to the response.

18 Aug 1998 description

appeal no. 22/98
situation report no. 3
period covered: 1 - 13 August 1998
After an overwhelming response to the disaster that amply covered immediate needs, the emergency phase of the operation has ended. The National Society and Federation, which distributed relief supplies to the homeless in six care centres, is now drafting a rehabilitation plan.

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18 Aug 1998 description

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's tsunami disaster hit Sandaun Province has been charged with misappropriation.

Sean Dorney reports that the charges relate to the alleged misuse of money before donations were received from around the world to help victims of the tragedy.

The Sandaun Governor, John Tekwie, has appeared before the Vanimo District Court charged with allegedly misusing more than 60-thousand Kina - about 42-thousand Australian dollars - money meant for two road projects and a school.