Quake zone needs immediate help

MORE than 270,000 people in Papua New Guinea are estimated to be requiring immediate humanitarian assitance after last month’s magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

According to the latest situation report from the United Nations, the priority needs are medicine, tarpaulins and tents, blankets, food and water.

At least 125 people have died and infrastructure has been severely damaged.

Around 18,200 people have been displaced and are reported to have converged in 26 informal care centres.

The UN also estimates that over 544-thousand are affected across the five most affected provinces.

The provinces are Hela, Southern Highlands, Enga, Western and West Sepik.

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