Since the earthquake hit PNG on Monday morning, 26 February, MAF has been busy assessing the situation to find the best way we can respond to the needs and support the communities and families. MAF and Technical Services (CRMF) have been proactive in attempting to communicate with the affected areas (which is often challenging due to their remoteness). MAF has also been conducting flights to assess the damage. On the day after the earthquake, MAF conducted a 3-hour aerial survey of the affected regions. Onboard the flight were officials from the PNG Disaster Office.

There have been numerous landslides, some of which have tragically killed people, as well as cutting off roads and bringing down power and communication lines. There is property damage reported in the affected region as well as damage to farms and gardens. MAF has received many requests for medical evacuation flights, which are being scheduled. However, a medical evacuation flight to an affected area of the Western Province was unable to land today due to a landslide preventing people reaching the airstrip. Disaster Response staff in Cairns are on stand-by to provide extra support if requested by the programme.

Disaster Response funds have been released to support relief flying. This money will be used to support MAF’s ongoing emergency response work in the country. Funding will help MAF conduct aerial survey flights and provide disaster-related medevac flights to get those wounded or in need of medical help to hospital.

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