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Papua New Guinea Earthquake
After an earthquake hit Papua New Guinea in 2018, USAID partnered with the UN International Organization for Migration to help families fix or rebuild their homes to better withstand the next earthquake.
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Key Developments

Election-related and tribal violence in the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea from May through July 2022 affected nearly 236,000 people and displaced an estimated 156,000 individuals, according to the UN. Humanitarian agencies identified food; gender-based violence response services; medical supplies; shelter; and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance as urgent humanitarian needs for displaced individuals. The most significant humanitarian needs were in Enga Province’s Kompiam and Lagaip-Pogera districts, Hela Province’s Magarima District, and Southern Highland’s Nipa District, according to the UN.

On July 28, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Joseph Zadrozny issued a declaration of humanitarian need/disaster declaration (DHN/DD) for displacement and violence-affected populations in Papua New Guinea. In response to the DHN/DD, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) provided an immediate $100,000 to support the urgent humanitarian needs of conflict-affected populations. This emergency funding is in addition to longstanding USAID/BHA investments in disaster risk reduction programs in Papua New Guinea and across the Pacific.

Background

Papua New Guinea, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and comprising the eastern half of New Guinea Island, is highly vulnerable to recurring extreme weather events and natural hazards—such as earthquakes, floods, storms, and volcanic eruptions—that can result in casualties, displacement, and other humanitarian impacts. These disasters can also generate significant crop losses, damage to infrastructure, and increased transmission of vector- and waterborne diseases, adversely impacting the livelihoods of local communities. Meanwhile, extreme climate variations are presenting new risks, including changes in rainfall patterns, increased severity of storms, and rises in sea levels which could exacerbate vulnerabilities among many areas in Papua New Guinea.

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Last updated: August 02, 2022

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