544K people affected
270K people targeted
5 provinces targeted
$62M funding required
On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), affecting an estimated 544,000 people in five provinces - Enga, Gulf, Hela, Southern Highlands and Western provinces, with Hela and Southern Highlands the most affected. More than 270,000 people including 125,000 children, have been left in immediate need of life saving assistance. Since the initial 26 February earthquake, at least 270 aftershocks have occurred, of which six were of a 6.0 or greater magnitude.
The results of a mobile Vulnerability Assessment Mapping (mVAM) survey conducted in late March indicate that 14 per cent households in earthquake-affected areas were displaced, while the latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) figures indicate that 11,041 households (42, 577 people) remain displaced due to the earthquake, of which 1,252 households (24 per cent) are in nine care centres and 9, 789 households remain displaced within their home communities.
In addition to damaged and destroyed housing, health facilities and schools, the destruction of food gardens affected the main livelihood and food supply source for a majority of affected people, leading to food insecurity for an estimated 153, 000 people. The partial assessment of key social infrastructure (primarily focusing on health and education facilities) in Hela, Southern Highlands and Western provinces concluded that the estimated cost of rehabilitating assessed social infrastructure across the three provinces is approximately US$ 105 million. This does not include rehabilitating road infrastructure for earth-quake affected sections of the Highlands Highway.