By Lisa Lahari-Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
It's been two weeks since Papua New Guinea's 7.5 magnitude quake and relief efforts are still focused on reaching communities waiting for help and dealing with the trauma of more than a hundred aftershocks.
A landslide near the village of Ekari in PNG's highlands region after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Photo/ Melvin Levongo.
Thousands of families in the isolated Mount Bosavi region can only be reached by air.
Oilsearch Papua New Guinea is close to expending a $5 million US dollar support fund, but managing director Peter Botten says more will follow as the company lends its Moro airstrip, choppers and expertise to the relief effort.
"Things are a lot better now than they were seven days ago but the priority is still to get the first respond relief out," he says.
"Behind that comes a much larger volume of material and progressively reconstruction material so people can start that process and that's going to be years in the making. That's a marathon, not a sprint."
Peter Botten. Photo/ ABC.