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March 8, 2021

Gulf Disaster Appeal

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Gulf Governor, Havila Kavo, has called on the government to increase funds allocated for disaster affected areas of Gulf and Southern Highlands Provinces.

Governor Kavo highlighted that of the K5 million allocated, he wants K3 million to be given to the Gulf Provincial Government.


So far, continuous floods have affected over 60, 000, people of Gulf province, living along the Purari Delta.


These pictures, taken by the Gulf Provincial Government Disaster Team, shows the devastation caused by continuous floods in the Gulf province.


As the province has 14 rivers and tributaries, these floods are said to continue for the next three months, complicating disaster relief operations.


With this in mind, Governor Kavo said his province should be given more funds as half of his population has been affected.


Together with the Provincial Disaster Office, relief supplies have been sent down but it may take weeks or even months before affected areas and villages are assisted.


In the meantime, the Provincial Government, through a special committee, has set up a trust account as a coordinating point of relief.


Governor Kavo also suggested that the government set up Disaster Centres in all 22 Provinces, to assist during any disaster, and not only when a disaster strikes.


Companies and business houses operating in the province are urged to assist as well.


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