Relief supplies are starting to be distributed in earthquake affected areas of Papua New Guinea with water, food, shelter, medicine and the provision of health services identified as the priority needs.
“We are working closely with the Papua New Guinea government to coordinate the earthquake response to ensure that relief supplies and services meet people’s most pressing needs, and reach the communities that need them most ,” said UN Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla. More.
The Secretary-General’s thoughts are today with the people of Italy and Myanmar following the earthquakes that struck the two countries on 24 August.
While reports on the impact of the earthquakes are still coming in, it is evident that lives have been lost and infrastructure has been damaged. In Italy, it is reported that an estimated 120 people have been killed and over 360 injured. In Myanmar, initial reports indicate that a number of buildings, including schools, pagodas and houses have been damaged in Naypyitaw, Mandalay and Magway regions.
On behalf of the United Nations, the Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the Governments of Italy and Myanmar and to everyone affected, particularly to the families and friends of those killed and injured.
The United Nations stand ready to offer its support should that be requested.
The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on 25 April continues to increase as additional information becomes available from areas outside of Kathmandu. As of 29 April (11:00, UTC+5:45), the National Emergency Operations Center reported a total of 5,006 dead and 10,194 injured people (1,039 deaths in Kathmandu, 250 in Bhaktapur and 159 in Lalitpur districts). Continue reading
At 11:56 local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District (north-west) of Kathmandu and south of the China border. Dozens of aftershocks followed, including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26 April 2015 at 12:54 local time. Continue reading