UN's Response to Earthquake in PNG

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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.

On 28 March, the Disaster Management Team (DMT) issued the Highlands Earthquake Response Plan, which seeks US$ 62 million to provide life-saving assistance and help re-establish basic services for 270,000 people in need of immediate assistance due to the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks and landslides. It also aims to help restore livelihoods of affected people and ensure protection services for the most vulnerable.

Images from the field

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Mr. Gianluca Rampolla, UN Resident Coordinator in PNG while visiting Mendi met with children affected by earthquake
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Safe spaces are set up for the vulnerable
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Reproductive health supplies are distributed to health centres and people in the affected areas
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UN carried out initial assessments by engaging with communities in order to save lives and preserve the dignity of women and girls.