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Highlands Earthquake Response (PNG)

6 – Some of the community with their hygiene kits and tarpaulin and ropes

On 26 February 2018, an earthquake measuring 7.5Mw hit the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. It was the largest earthquake recorded in the region since 1922. The earthquake and aftershocks affected approximately 544,000 people and 270,000 needed emergency assistance.

Thanks to generous donations, UnitingWorld has been able to support our partners, the United Church in Papua New Guinea (UCPNG), to provide emergency water, sanitation and shelter kits to communities most at need.

UCPNG has also partnered with other churches in Papua New Guinea to install new water tanks and latrines, as well as providing trauma counselling and peacebuilding workshops in impacted communities. These recovery efforts have been supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Papua New Guinea


United Church in Papua New Guinea (UCPNG)

Program Unit

Relief & Development (Tax-Deductible)


Emergency Response

News from the field

  • PNG earthquake response: what we’ve achieved together April 11, 2019 A year has passed since a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, killing at least 100 people and displacing 18,000 from their homes. The impacts were massive, with over half a million people in the affected area and more than 270,000 people needing emergency assistance. Immediately following the earthquake, UnitingWorld supported our ...
  • Repairing more than roofs March 27, 2019 Kina Somare* is wanted throughout the Highlands of Papua New Guinea on numerous counts of violence. Leader of a well-known gang that frequently clashes with others in the region, his face is both known and feared. So when he walks into a peace workshop one still afternoon in October, amidst the rubble of Hela Province’s ...
  • Training ministers for disaster recovery in remote Papua New Guinea March 19, 2019 At 3:44am on 26 February 2018, Papua New Guinea experienced a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre in the Southern Highlands.  The initial quake and landslips resulted in 160 deaths and many more injuries.  In the days and weeks that followed, severe aftershocks and landslides caused many more deaths.  The quake caused widespread destruction of property ...