Mon 05, Mar 2018
ABM has launched an emergency appeal for the people of Papua New Guinea in response to the magnitude-7.5 earthquake which struck the Southern Highlands province on 26 February, causing landslides, destroying buildings and widespread damage. The National Disaster Centre estimates that over 270,000 people require immediate humanitarian assistance, with priority needs of food, water, shelter and health. According to the PNG Government, the death toll has reached more than 100 people.
Many highland villages, particularly in the area west of Mt Hagen, have been cut off by fallen power lines and blocked roads. This situation is hampering efforts to distribute emergency supplies to remote villages. There is a real concern of food shortages, as well as health and hygiene issues if aid cannot reach the victims of this disaster.
There have been reports of three strong aftershocks of more than magnitude-5, about 600kms north-west of Port Moresby, including another shallow quake early on Monday 5 March.
The PNG Government has declared a state of emergency for the affected regions of the Highlands in Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga Provinces.
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea and its social and development arm Anglicare PNG will respond through the joint church response, through the existing Church Partnership Program network. The focus will be on supporting affected communities to have access to food and non-food relief items, access to health and hygiene kits, temporary shelters, and psycho-social support and counselling.
ABM seeks to raise $50,000 for humanitarian aid so that vital supplies of food, water, shelter, and health services can be provided for the many people in need.
ABM APPEAL FLYERS FOR PARISHES AND INDIVIDUALS
23/03/2018 - Yesterday the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea (ACPNG) announced their support for the joint church earthquake response through the Church Partnership Program (CPP) in a press release which was read to the Provincial Council meeting on Thursday 22nd March 2018 in Lae, PNG. View a copy here.
The joint church response team are currently assessing and finalising preparation for response activities, which will focus on supporting affected communities to have access to food and non-food relief items, access to health and hygiene kits, temporary shelters, and counselling support.
The support will be facilitated through Anglicare PNG and the existing CPP network comprising of the seven mainline churches.
12/03/2018 - The Papua New Guinea Council of Churches (PNGCC) has released a media statement announcing that the seven mainline churches are working together to support people affected by the recent earthquake. Read more.
More updates will be posted as they come to hand. Please keep the people of Papua New Guinea in your prayers.
(Please don’t forget to write down the Code PG027EQ and/or the campaign name PNG Earthquake Emergency Appeal and include it with your donation.)
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