Papua New Guinea

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IOM has been providing assistance to people affected by the earthquake that hit the Highlands region in February 2018. Provinces highly impacted by the disaster were the Southern Highlands and Hela.

Following the earthquake that hit the Highlands region in February 2018, IOM deployed the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) to track human displacements, as well as identify humanitarian needs for those displaced from their community to care centres or displaced within their community. DTM data

Following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and affected an estimated 544,000 people in five provinces1, assessment teams visited 38 displacement sites2 in the Hela, Southern Highlands and Western Provinces of PNG between 10 – 27 March 2018.

Following a volcano eruption on Kadovar Island on the 5th of January 2018, Kadovar islanders were temporarily evacuated to safety on Ruprup Island before their relocation to Dandan care centre between 14th and 16th January.

This profiling report presents the findings of a survey conducted in provinces hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

During the reporting period IOM enhanced the recovery of health services through the provision of sustainable water supply at health facilities in Enga, Jiwaka and Simbu Provinces. IOM also built a gravity-fed water supply system providing clean water to 1,200 households in Morobe Province.

Throughout the last decade, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has experienced internal displacements arising in the context of natural and human induced hazards that includes the Manam volcano and tribal conflicts respectively.

This map is an annex to the report entitled “Internal displacements induced by natural and man-made hazards in Papua New Guinea (November 2016)”. It displays type and magnitude of displacement across Papua New Guinea as of November 2016. 

Displacement in Papua New Guinea (PNG) occurs largely as a result of tribal fights due to land, natural disasters and or the economic situation of families. With at least 40 incidences of emergencies and disasters having been recorded in PNG between 2013 and 2016, such incidences contributed to t


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