People affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces have been faced with challenges to rebuild their lives. In a recent interview with EMTV News, a local Seventh Day Adventist Pastor from Sisipia Village, in Hela Province, said all their properties, food and water sources had been destroyed, and they are struggling to build their lives again with the little that they are left with.
“We are not comfortable living with other people, so we came back to our village. All our properties have been destroyed, and we are rebuilding our lives,” Pastor Paul said.
According to the Pastor, their lives have changed dramatically after the Earthquake. He said, they have not seen any help from the government to help them start a new life.
“Materials have not reached us. We don’t know when they will arrive, but we are still waiting” the Pastor commented.
Togoba Yawe, a village leader, also shared his experience of the earthquake, stating that it was a painful experience.
“We left everything behind. Everyone, including women and children went their own way. The biggest earthquake lasted for about 20 minutes.”
He said they have been told that there will be another bigger earthquake, and they are living in fear.
By Rayon Lakingu – EMTV News, Port Moresby