FEB 26 - EARTHQUAKE HITS
On 26 February 2018, a M7.5 earthquake took place in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. This resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of key infrastructure while affecting businesses, livelihoods and access to essential services across the region. The earthquake affected more than 544,000 people, displaced thousands of people and saw approximately 270,000 people in immediate need of lifesaving assistance.
ASSESSING THE SITUATION
Together with humanitarian partners and private sector, the UN undertook assessment of humanitarian needs and tracking of displaced persons.
COORDINATION & UNDAC
A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team was deployed within the first week to support the PNG Government and humanitarian community with response coordination.
The UN supported the PNG Government with the coordination of humanitarian actors through the PNG Disaster Management Team (DMT) and humanitarian clusters. The DMT mobilised rapidly and met within the first week to define priorities and scope of support to the PNG Government. The UN also established field coordination functions in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces.