Earthquake in Papua New Guinea
In February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea, the strongest tremor in nearly 100 years. 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 damaged major infrastructure in the country’s remote highlands, including hospitals, an airport, houses, schools, churches and roads. It also caused landslides, which have impacted land, in particular, crops and food gardens.
Thanks to our supporters, Caritas and its partners in the affected areas delivered emergency assistance including basic supplies like food, water and first aid, as well as supporting long-term needs like shelter.
Agriculture and sustainable livelihoods training
Photo credit: Mark Mitchell
Working in partnership with other churches, aid agencies and local communities, Caritas Australia PNG (CA PNG) were amongst the first to address urgent water shortages. The PNG Earthquake Response program1 involves installing over 300 water tanks and 200 toilets in the 40 worst-affected communities, with a target of reaching nearly 60,000 people.
The alarming frequency and unpredictability of extreme weather events, and other prospective disasters, mean we need to plan for emergency responses as regular events.
In that sense, communities are learning to build resilience to disasters through agriculture and sustainable livelihoods training, as part of a long-term Caritas’ disaster resilience work. It focuses on building the skills and capacities of communities to adapt and sustain beyond a particular disaster, food or water crisis.
Your kind donation will assist vulnerable people affected by emergencies and support them to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
*This project is also supported by the New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
How you can help
Your donation to the Pacific Emergency Appeal will enable Caritas Australia to provide immediate assistance to communities affected by emergencies, as well as long-term recovery and preparedness.
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.