22 Apr 2014

Aftershocks in Bougainville after weekend quake raises landslip fears

3:27 pm on 22 April 2014

A government administrator in the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville says there are still tremors after Saturday night's large earthquake, as damage reports keep coming in.

The quake registered 7.5, with an epicentre 75 kilometres to the southwest of Panguna, and followed similarly-sized quakes last weekend.

The Executive Manager of the Bana District Administration, Sam Roroga, says the most urgent need is to repair water pipes that service health centres and schools, and people are afraid of landslips in some areas.

"There are landslides there that are visible up in the mountains. You can see the signs of those landslides and lanslides along the ridges of the places there are villages there and the people themselves they are scared at the moment."

Sam Roroga says he is asking the Bougainville Government in Buka for help with water tanks and pipe repairs.