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Santos Donates Funds to Aid Agencies Following PNG Earthquake

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Latest reports estimated that at least 31 people have been killed since the in initial tremor and aid agencies said that 150,000 people still remain in urgent need of supplies near the townships of Mendi and Tari.

Two magnitude 6 earthquakes struck Monday beneath Papua New Guinea's main island in the southwestern Pacific, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It's one of the reasons the food is becoming less and less.

Udaya Regmi, the PNG country head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said "around 143,000 people are affected and 17,000 people have been generally displaced because their homes are either fully or partially damaged and not in a condition to live in".

"The rugged terrain and loss of communications in the area impacted means it is taking time to build a complete picture of the damage but we know that tens of thousands of people are reported as requiring humanitarian assistance", Peters said.

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Apart from the death toll, around 1.43 lakh people have been affected by the quake and 17,000 people have been displaced due to partial or full destruction of their homes, reported AFP quoting Red Cross figures. Relief workers have been unable to get bigger trucks carrying food through to some areas because of damage to roads by landslides.

Australia is flying relief supplies to earthquake-hit communities in Papua New Guinea.

Energy firm ExxonMobil which had to declare force majeure on exports from its PNG LNG project in the wake of the natural disaster has also donated US$1 million to the humanitarian effort.

Australian and New Zealand defence forces have pitched in to deliver aid, while the China Red Cross and Beijing have pledged financial aid.

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