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April 21, 2021

Flood Affected Families Face Food and Water Shortages

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by Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Kimbe

Families affected by floodwaters in the West New Britain province are now beginning to face difficulties in getting food and fresh water.

Locals along Buluma, in the Mosa Local Level Government, have decried receiving relief support on time after the disaster.

Meanwhile, the West New Britain disaster office is doing all it can to support the communities with food, water and shelter, while awaiting government funds to rebuild infrastructures.

They have been without food and fresh water for several days and the long wait for relief supplies has really affected them.

They have leveled much of the blame on the provincial disaster centre for not providing relief supplies on time.

All they are relying on is the sea and any little food they can afford to pay.

In the last three months, the West New Britain province was badly affected by heavy rains.

Earlier this month, cyclone swept through the coastline right into the inland communities causing damages to their homes and gardens.

Heavy rains have also washed off their gardens and many roads and bridges were destructed.

Following the 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Kokopo, a tsunami threat was issued to parts of the New Guinea islands.

However, West New Britain remains calm as the earthquakes were felt this morning in most parts of the province.


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