8 quake strikes Papua New Guinea coast

March from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea

March from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea

At least 55 people have been confirmed dead, while authorities fear that the death toll could exceed 100.

The death toll from an natural disaster that hit Papua New Guinea last month has topped 100 with thousands injured, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Friday, warning it will take years for the region to recover.

The nation was hit with the powerful quake on February 26, and it was followed by very strong aftershocks.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the 18 fatalities were from the province of Hela north of the capital Port Moresby.

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Cayetano expressed solidarity as extended by President Rodrigo Duterte in the aftermath of the February natural disaster that struck the country's Southern Highland Province.

"These generators will provide immediate assistance to communities suffering from damage to critical infrastructure", noted the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill. Australia has also committed aid close to a million dollars.

He said he flew over major landslips on Wednesday that were not there after the initial quake.

PNG sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity. "Tragically, the Highlands Earthquake has already claimed the lives of an estimated more than 100 Papua New Guineans, with many more still missing and thousands of people injured", O'Neill said in comments published by his office.

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