A powerful quake in Papua New Guinea: more than 50 dead
A powerful quake in Papua New Guinea: more than 50 dead
The quake centred 20 kilometres east-north-east of Taron struck at 6.39am Friday
09 March, 2018, 10:20
Death toll in southern Pacific island state tops 100 as aftershocks continue after a magnitude 7.5 quake in February.
Yesterday, 18 people were killed by a magnitude 6.7 quake which struck Papua New Guinea.
"There will be no quick fix, the damage from this disaster will take months and years to be repaired", he said.
The Papua New Guinea government has allocated $138m for relief supplies to victims and for the restoration of basic services, according to the country's The National newspaper. No injuries have yet been reported in the sparsely populated area.
"We are yet to fly one bale of rice to one particular location; we're yet to take medication, water".
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O'Neill said while there was no evidence that energy developments in the Southern Highlands and Hela provinces had anything to do with the quake, he had asked the Australian government to conduct an independent review.
Powi said 39 people died in his province after families were crushed by their collapsing homes or buried by landslides last week.
"This is a story of tragedy and loss that is repeated in village after village throughout the disaster area".
There are an estimated 36,000 Filipinos living in Papua New Guinea and about 300 in the neighboring Solomon Islands.
PNG sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity.
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