MAF disaster relief work continues following second major earthquake in PNG

MOUNT HAGEN, Papua New Guinea – March 7, 2018 – Shortly after midnight on March 7, 2018, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, just 19 miles southwest of the epicenter of last week’s 7.5 quake.

Mission Aviation Fellowship continues to provide radio communication as well as airplane transportation to remote areas that have been devastated by the disaster. MAF has been delivering food, water, tarps (for shelter), and other necessary supplies,
as well as conducting medical evacuations. MAF staff in PNG report …

  • Approximately 1,400 people are camped at the Dodomona airstrip with another 100 expected to arrive in the next day or so.
  • Extreme caution needs to be taken near the riverbanks due to the risk of mudslides and flooding.
  • Two community houses in Dodomona, which could host 150 people each, collapsed. Thankfully no one was injured.
  • In the Dodomona/Fuma area, the river is full of mud. Thousands of logs are holding it back, but if the logs give way then the village of Fuma may be at risk.
  • More houses are reported to have fallen down in Muluma and Bosavi, with more landslides. Many people are coming to Muluma from the villages, so it is becoming a camp for people looking for food and water.

Thank you for praying for healing in Papua New Guinea.

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