Kandep People Call for Relief Supplies

By Jack Lapauve Jr –  EMTV,Port Moresby

Frost affected communities in the Kandep District of Enga are calling for a quick release of relief supplies, saying the government must respond quickly so relief supplies reach people on time.

The general public also echo calls for the government to be proactive and immediately allocate funding and relief supplies.

The community says all food sources have died out including plants that have been immune to frost in previous years.

People are worried how long it will take the government to respond.

Farmer Mathew Walo in Pure Village says they have little food supply left.

“Olgeta kaikai em die pinis, government need lo supply kaikai lo helpim mipla,” Walo said.

Like parts of Southern Highlands, all garden foods have died-out, posing a threat to food security.

Pastor Sheik Medel expressed that it is urgent for relief supplies to reach the people.

Medel expressed that people will die from hunger if the government does not respond.

He says the frost has damaged all food sources leaving nothing for the people.

Meanwhile Kandep MP and Opposition leader Don Polye has instructed his district officers to immediately release K2 million from DSIP funds to purchase food supplies.

Mr Polye called on his people to remain calm as the district is working around to deliver food supplies.

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