PNG quake toll rises above 100 as PM warns of long recovery

PNG quake toll rises above 100 as PM warns of long recovery

That quake left at least 55 people dead and authorities feared the toll could exceed 100, with further aftershocks striking the country.

The death toll from an natural disaster that hit Papua New Guinea last month has topped 100 with thousands injured, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Friday, warning it will take years for the region to recover.

DPA news agency also reported seven more deaths in two separate districts.

On February 26th, a 7.5 magnitude quake hit the border region of Hela and Southern Highland provinces, 600km from the capital Port Moresby.

"These generators will provide immediate assistance to communities suffering from damage to critical infrastructure", noted the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill.




So far, the United Nations has released $1.4m in aid to the victims, covering medical services and emergency shelters.

The government is having a tough time reaching some of the remote areas that were affected by the quakes due to landslides and collapsed roads.

"It is beyond the capacity of the provincial government to cope with the magnitude of destruction and devastation", said Southern Highlands governor William Powi.

Papua New Guinea, which has a population of seven million, is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, east of Indonesia.

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