PAUL FLANAGAN | East Asia Forum
CANBERRA - The 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea on 26 February killed over 100 people and left 270,000 in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. There have been dozens of physical aftershocks.
But the most damaging aftershock may be the earthquake’s undermining of the social licence of the affected areas’ PNG LNG project, which is responsible for 40% of PNG’s exports.
The immediate disaster relief effort is proceeding slowly but surely. The Highlands Highway, a lifeline through PNG’s Highlands Region, has been cleared, although many important side roads remain blocked.