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Last Manam Eruption Relief for Suffering Islanders

By Rachel Shisei – EM TV News, Madang

Relief supplies of flour, oil, rice and tinned fish have been delivered for the third time, in whats now become the second year.

The Madang Disaster Office says it cannot do anything further for the Manam Islanders after this relief supply delivery. The Disaster Office says this is the last of the K500,000 relief funds, from last year’s donations from the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s Department, and his Deputy, Leo Dion’s Office.

“I cannot do much regarding this situation, it’s an issue and I’m appealing to the Member for Bogia, John Hickey, to work with us to help his people,” said Rudolph Mongalee, the Madang Disaster Coordinator.

This last batch was supposed to be delivered last year, but because of the delay until now, it has caused the volcano victims to attack their village leaders.

“There is great hunger on the island and everyone’s aware that a third supply is yet to come, but there was a delay, and it is far too long,” the Biang Ward Vice President, Kenny Bolu said.

The Provincial Disaster Director, Rudolph Mongalee, clarified that the hold-up of the food rations is due to the suppliers.

He said, the suppliers were out of stock, so his team had to wait till the stock arrived, causing the delay.

The RD Tuna Cannery, has again donated cartons of tinned fish to go with the other food rations, being delivered to the Manam Islanders.

The Madang Disaster Office is now appealing to anyone willing to donate something for the Manam Islanders, especially the Madang MPs, and the business houses.

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