Day 4: No relief yet

Relief is yet to reach locals in some affected areas since the tragic earthquake early Monday morning.

For some, like those at Baguale in the Kutubu LLG, Southern Highlands Province, the little they have is running out.

Villager Paul Ipakase told Loop PNG that today marks day four since the devastation.

He expressed sadness that neither of the companies in the area have tried to help the locals.

Ipakase said all villagers have been scattered since the disaster, and most have now gathered at the Baguale Primary School.

He revealed that four people are still missing, believed to be buried in the landslide that followed the earthquake.

Ipakase said it is difficult to dig since the landslide buried everything in its path including but not limited to animals and houses with corrugated iron roof.

"We need an excavator or helicopter… some sort of machine to do this for us," he said.

He is requesting for urgent help.

(MAF picture of a landslip in the Highlands region)

Gloria Bauai