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Lake Kutubu Communities death toll at 15, care centres housing families

Kutubu in the Southern Highlands is in dire need of basic food, clean water and medical supplies after the 6.5km magnitude of Earthquake that hit the Province on Sunday.

Five days after the Earthquake, Kutubu has been cut off and the only way into the province is by air.

The Earthquake has destroyed majority of homes, schools and the only major Health Centre is out of medical supplies, leaving many homeless people scared and vulnerable as the earth continues to shake around them.

So far 3 deaths have been confirmed in Pimaka, and 12 deaths in Homa Pawa and Benaria.

The people living in the four major villages around the lake have been left homeless. They are currently seeking shelter 25KM away from the lake at the Kimaga Government Centre in care centres organised by local authorities.

One of the Local Leaders from the big village of Gesege, Johnny Yawari, flew home to assist his people by donating food supplies.

Mr. Yawari is concerned of the slow response by the government, and gas and oil project operators Exxon Mobil and Oil Search.

” It is frustrating to see treating my people like this,” Yawari tells EMTV News on the phone.

Although a state of emergency has been declared by the NEC today for the Southern Highlands, basic emergency relief supplies are yet to reach the affected area.

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