by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas says that relief distribution from the national government and relevant agencies have been too slow, and four more provinces in the district are in dire need of relief supplies.
Governor Ipatas wants a proactive step to be taken because his people have suffered for too long.
He has stated that agencies coordinating from the national level are doing so in far too slower manner.
“They have gone to sleep for two weeks now with poor coordination and contact to our disaster team in the province”, said Governor Ipatas.
This morning, the Enga Governor was at the Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby to receive relief assistance for the people of Enga.
The cheque of K20,000 will go towards the purchasing of rice and other food items for affected communities.
So far, over K50,000 from the Chinese community has presented in cash and kind to the Enga Provincial Government, which has assisted greatly in alleviating food shortages.
“The small rainfall experienced has now killed all the last sweet potatoes in peoples gardens”, Ipatas added.
Over 87,000 people were affected when a severe frost struck the province in late August of this year.