Papua New Guinea declares state of emergency

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Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency across its remote and rugged highlands.

The decision comes after a deadly earthquake flattened provincial towns. Following the earthquake, landslides hot many parts of the highlands, killing at least 31 people.

Due to the rugged countryside aid has not yet arrived in several large towns where it’s most needed.

The emergency declaration was made by Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O’Neill. His decision cleared the way for 450 million kina ($200 million NZD) in government aid to flow.

While the Papua New Guinea has no major urban centres, around 670,000 people live within 62 miles of the epicentre according to Red Cross.

Most of the other confirmed fatalities were in or around Tari township the provincial capital of Mendi.


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