East Sepik Earthquake, Relief Efforts

A strong earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale struck Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik Province on Sunday, triggering relief efforts as authorities assess the damage.

While initial reports suggest at least 3 deaths and over 90 homes destroyed, the full impact remains unclear due to the earthquake hitting a flood-stricken region. Areas near the epicentre are likely to have suffered the brunt of the damage.

The National Disaster Center (NDC) is coordinating rescue and relief operations, working closely with provincial disaster centers. Papua New Guinea’s military has deployed vehicles and other resources to assist affected areas. The country will seek international aid after provincial damage assessments are completed.

Governor Allan Bird declared a state of emergency and called upon villages and wards to submit damage reports to expedite relief efforts. Samaritan Aviation and medical personnel are already providing emergency medical care to those in need.

Authorities advise residents to stay calm, avoid sea travel for now, and closely follow instructions from local officials.

PNG EARTHQUAKE IN BRIEF:

A powerful earthquake struck Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik Province this morning, causing damage and casualties. Measuring 6.9 magnitude, reports indicate at least 3 deaths and over 90 houses collapsed. The flood-stricken region near the epicenter likely suffered the worst damage. Relief efforts are underway with the National Disaster Center coordinating and the military deploying resources. Governor Allan Bird declared a state of emergency, requesting damage reports and urging residents to stay calm.