Papua New Guinea Landslide

Papua New Guinea Landslide

Airlink's Impact

NGO partners supported
Responders sent
Aid supplies delivered (kg)
Cargo pipeline (tons)



Situation Overview

On May 24, 2024, a massive landslide caused by heavy rainfall struck rural mountainous communities in central Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and have been impacted by this devastating disaster.

The unprecedented landslide destroyed six villages, with Kaokalam being the hardest-hit community. At least 2,000 people are feared dead, with most still buried under the mud. The landslide also blocked the Highlands Highway, the main route connecting the area to the capital, Port Moresby, and damaged food and clean water sources.

The total population of the impacted area is approximately 3,950, with over 1,500 individuals directly affected by the landslide. So far, 178 deaths have been confirmed, and the search for additional victims is ongoing. Displacement remains a significant concern in addition to disease outbreak.

Immediate needs include food, clothing, medical assistance, temporary shelters, water, blankets, mats, dignity kits (sanitary items), household items, health centers, water facilities, and sanitation services.

Airlift and Logistics Support

In response to the crisis, Airlink is actively engaging with local partners and our extensive NGO network to support their planned responses. We are collaborating with our airline partners to find solutions for NGOs’ transport and logistics needs. Despite significant logistical challenges, including damaged local infrastructure and limited road access, we are committed to delivering vital aid, resources, and assistance.

Given the substantial displacement caused by the disaster, we anticipate a prolonged response effort. Airlink is dedicated to supporting the long-term recovery efforts necessary to help communities in PNG rebuild and recover from this tragedy. 

#Airlinked Partners in Action

IsraAID is responding with an initial assessment team that includes specialists in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They will be traveling with water filters (Sawyers) and solar lights.

Thank you to Philippine Airlines for their generous ticket donations!

Response Partners

History of Effective Operations in Enga Province

Last year, Airlink completed its most complex transshipment to date, facilitating the delivery of medical supplies for Project C.U.R.E. to support a clinic in the remote highlands of Enga Province. This achievement was made possible through support from Cathay Cargo, the UPS Foundation, and Priority Worldwide. Our experience in the region underscores our capability and commitment to providing critical logistical support in the most challenging environments through the power and speed of aviation.