PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare yesterday wrote to his counterpart and
New Zealand prime minister John Key, expressing deep sorrow and regret over the loss of lives and property as a result of an earthquake that struck on Tuesday, The National reports. Christchurch
“On behalf of the government and people of
Papua New Guinea, I convey our deep sorrow and condolence on the terrible loss of lives and destruction caused to properties and public infrastructure following the devastating earthquake that struck the city of . Christchurch
“As your people mourn this tragic loss, we pray that the Almighty God will guide, console and grant strength to the immediate families and relatives affected by this catastrophe during this time of bereavement.
“I am confident that the strength of spirit and resilience of the
people, which has seen them overcome previous natural disasters, will see them through this tragedy,” he said. New Zealand
He said PNG valued its bilateral ties with
. New Zealand
“We are friends in every sense of the word. As a token of expression of our solidarity, profound sorrow and regret, my government stands ready to offer whatever assistance your government might require towards the recovery efforts in
A number of PNG students are studying in
New Zealand, but it could not be ascertained yesterday whether any attended colleges in the Christchurch or region. Canterbury
However, latest Radio
Australia report said a night-time curfew came into force yesterday across much of quake-ravaged , with the grim likelihood of a rising death toll hanging over rescuers desperately searching for survivors. Christchurch
The number of confirmed dead from Tuesday’s 6.3-magnitude quake remained at 75 with more than 300 missing, officials said.
Australia reported that for the first time in its history, was in a state of emergency. New Zealand
Military and police personnel were patrolling the centre of the city.
There have been more than 110 aftershocks since Tuesday’s quake and the cost had been estimated to be as high as US$16 billion – double the damage bill of the quake that hit
last September. Christchurch