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Killed In Papua New Guinea Earthquake Aftershocks

06 March, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Earthquake death toll expected to rise

Roads have been cut, runways damaged and electricity supplies disrupted.

Frightened civilians have been stroke by a minor after quakes, as one quake reached 6.0 magnitude in the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Heladistricts. "Ensuring those affected are safe and healthy with access to clean water, food and safe spaces is the number one priority".

"Big trucks can not go there. There is no fear of starvation yet, but we don't have the full picture".

"Around 143,000 people are affected and 17,000 people have been generally displaced because their homes are either fully or partially damaged and not in a condition to lie in", said Regmi.

Australia is flying relief supplies to earthquake-hit communities in Papua New Guinea.




Bryan said rivers dammed by landslides created stagnant water polluted by silt and bacteria, leaving people with the threat of disease.

Julie Sakol a nurse at Mendi General Hospital said on Sunday the aftershocks were slowly decreasing. "They think the end of the world is happening".

"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", Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said in a company statement.

Energy firm ExxonMobil which had to declare force majeure on exports from its PNG LNG project in the wake of the quake has also donated US$1 million to the humanitarian effort.

Oil Search has committed US$5 million in cash to support disaster relief efforts, while Santos will donate US$200 000.

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