Another strong quake shakes remote Papua New Guinea region

09 Marcha, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Large parts of a road are cracked

At least 18 people died in an quake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale in Papua New Guinea, local authorities said.

It's now ten days after a 7.5 magnitude natural disaster struck in remote Hela province, causing buildings to collapse and triggering mass landslides in the region.

Powi said 39 people died in his province after families were crushed by their collapsing homes or buried by landslides during last week's natural disaster.

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Aid agencies have said almost 150,000 people remain in urgent need of emergency supplies.

Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Kevin Gallagher said, "Santos is deeply saddened by the loss of life and personal injury suffered by communities in Papua New Guinea as a result of the recent quake".

The area of Hides - described by one official as a "big village with many people" - was feared to be the hardest hit, but it is not yet known whether there have been any casualties there.

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Wednesday's quake was the most severe of a series of aftershocks that have rattled the resource-rich region, about 600 kilometres northwest of the capital of Port Moresby. The United Church has establishing church-led response centres in Tari, Hela Province and Mendi, Southern Highlands, to coordinate initial needs assessments and share church actions and to plan for the coordinated response and recovery efforts. Even my own children are refusing to sleep in our house.

Australia and New Zealand said on Wednesday they would increase aid to Papua New Guinea.

A spokeswoman at Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre said on Wednesday that authorities were finalising a final report into the casualties from the first quake.

The International Red Cross warned the situation could deteriorate if heavy rains hit the region.

65% of Papua New Guinea's health facilities remain closed and schools may remain closed for the duration of the school year due to the damage sustained.

"Compounding the fallout was an announcement on Monday that the impoverished country's biggest-ever development €" the PNG LNG project operated by U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil €" will be offline for up to eight weeks as the quake-hit facilities undergo repairs.

The New Zealand Defence Force will fly an additional 10 tonnes of aid on Thursday, which will include 800 tarpaulins, 500 family hygiene kits and 300 mother and infant kits.

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