Relief supplies on their way to quake-hit Hela in PNG

4:50 pm on 7 March 2018

Quake-affected communities in Papua New Guinea's Hela province are in urgent need of basic supplies.

A road in Komo, Hela province of Papua New Guinea, affected by the 7.5 earthquake 26 February 2018.

A road in Komo, Hela province of Papua New Guinea, affected by the 7.5 earthquake 26 February 2018. Photo: Supplied

It's ten days since a magnitude 7.5 quake in Hela caused buildings to collapse and triggered mass landslides in the surrounding Highlands region.

At least 76 people have died, according to local officials.

Power is still out in much of Hela, and there's a shortage of medical, water and shelter supplies for an estimated 150,000 people.

The provincial police commander Thomas Levongo said supplies were starting to come in.

"Yes I heard from the [provincial] administrator yesterday. He told me that yes, medical supplies are on the way. He said he stored it in the hospital, and some are on their way."

He said there were more injured people in need across Hela following a 6.7 aftershock in the early hours of this morning.

Tari local Moses Komengi said there was an acute need for tents because people were too afraid to stay in their homes.

"If [the aftershocks] continue, some of the houses might break. It's already shakey so we don't know. If things happen then people might need shelters to stay out, because at this moment some who have cars are with their families to the open field and they are staying in the cars."

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