Four Children Killed in Southern Highlands after a 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake

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Four children are among at least 10 people killed in the Southern Highlands after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Half the number of reported deaths are in Mendi town.

Catholic priest, Fr. Pius Hal, told EMTV, two children belonging to a Local level government president are among five killed by quake triggered landslips.

“We could not sleep. The quake began at 3.45am. We all went out of our houses.”

Mobile phone towers have also been damaged making communication between the Southern Highlands and other centers difficult.

The epicenter of the quake was located 89 kilometers south-west of Pogera at the depth of 35 kilometers.

In the Western Province, mining infrastructure belonging to Ok Tedi have also been damaged. Roads are cut off and pictures show massive landslides along roadsides and rivers.

In Western Highlands, electricity is still cut off. Some workers in the center of town have returned home after their buildings were declared unsafe.

The National Government has since sent an assessment team to the Southern Highlands to assess the damage.

Scott Waide

is the Lae Bureau Chief and began his career with EMTV in 1997 as a News and Sports Reporter and Anchor and has been a media professional for over 19 years. Having previously worked as a Producer and Researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Port Moresby Bureau, he is a recipient of multiple awards including the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize in 2005 in Iran for best news feature, the Pacific Island News Association Award and the Divine Word University Media Freedom Award.

Scott Waide

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