$3.4m aid earmarked for PNG quake victims

Australia has ramped up assistance to Papua New Guinea earthquake victims.

Australia is chipping in an extra $3.4 million to help Papua New Guinean earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

More than 125 people were killed and the United Nations estimates 500,000 people have been affected by the 7.5-magnitude quake in the highlands region in late February.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the extra assistance during her visit to Port Moresby on Tuesday.

The money will help communities re-establish their livelihoods, repair and rebuild infrastructure and restore water and sanitation.

There was also a special focus on the needs of women, girls, and people with disabilities.

Australia has also sent a three-person medical team to assess health needs and what extra assistance is required.

Australian Hercules aircraft and Chinook helicopters have been delivering food, water and medicine to remote communities.

Ms Bishop met some of the defence personnel assisting with the relief effort and thanked them for their service.

Published 20 March 2018 at 6:46pm
Source: AAP