Current Caritas Network responses
Earthquake in Papua New Guinea
Caritas Australia, with its partners on the ground in Papua New Guinea, is supporting affected communities in the central highlands region, following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck on Monday, 26 February, 2018.
The earthquake damaged major infrastructure in the country’s remote highlands, including; hospitals, an airport, houses, schools, churches and roads. According to the United Nations and Papua New Guinea National Disaster Centre, over 544,000 people have been affected by the earthquake, with approximately 270,000 in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.
The earthquake also caused landslides, which have impacted land, in particular, crops and food gardens.
Caritas and its partners in the affected areas are delivering emergency assistance including basic supplies like food, water and first aid, as well as supporting long-term needs like shelter. As of 19 March, Caritas partners have assisted approximately 56,000 people affected by the disaster.
Read: 'Caritas network responds to powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea'
The Caritas network is responding to the Tropical Cyclone Gita relief effort in Samoa and Tonga.
The cyclone passed through Samoa on Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 February, 2018, and made landfall in Tonga on Monday, 12 February, 2018. The cyclone, which was a Category four when it reached the Tongan islands of Tongatapu and Eua, affected thousands of people across the nations and has damaged homes and buildings. There are reports that approximately 70 percent of Tonga’s population has been affected.
The cyclone passed through some of the Fiji islands and made landfall in New Zealand on Tuesday, 20 February.
The wider Caritas network across Oceania is assisting with the relief effort including Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Caritas Samoa and Caritas Tonga. Caritas Australia is in contact with these partners and will continue to provide updates on the situation.
Caritas Australia is also supporting the relief effort in Tonga through the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO) consortium.
Read: 'Being prepared helps Tonga recover from Cyclone Gita'
Other Emergency Responses
Explore some of the previous emergencies we have responded to in the region using the link below.
2015 Cyclone Pam - Vanuatu
2016 Cyclone Winston - Fiji
How you can help
Your donation to the Pacific Emergency Appeal will enable Caritas Australia to provide immediate assistance to communities affected by these emergencies, as well as long-term reconstruction.
Donate to Pacific Emergency Appeal to assist communities in need. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.
Caritas Australia works hard to keep administration costs low and ensure your donation has maximum impact. For more information view our annual reports or contact us on 1800 024 413.
*Donations to the Pacific Emergency Appeal will be used for humanitarian emergency response activities in the Pacific region where communities may be affected by natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes or drought, or man-made disasters such as conflict, famine, displaced populations or industrial accidents. Beyond that, funds may be used to help rebuild homes and communities, to re-establish livelihoods, and to help communities prepare for future disasters.