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March 31, 2020
Emergency News Papua New Guinea

More Efforts Needed for Proper Mass Evacuation Plan for PNG

More training is needed in the country to successfully carryout a mass evacuation when disaster strikes.

Assistant Director Risk Management, Kaibau Kmananaya, from the National Disaster Office told EMTV News that stakeholders must collaborate and develop a effective plan.

He said PNG is vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters.

Papua New Guinea is prone to Natural Disasters caused by extreme weather conditions posing a greater risk to communities.

This week a Mass Evacuation Natural Disaster Training is in progress in Port Moresby.

According to organisers, this training is to build the current capacity and know-how between relevant stakeholders.

In the past 3 decades, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has experienced some of the worst natural disasters.

Mass evacuation has taken place however with no proper planning.

The International Organisation for Migration, or IOM, is a key organisation working with the Government through National and Provincial Disaster Centres to build and address emergency response and preparedness before and after a disaster.

The workshop has also highlighted challenges and issues surrounding evacuations during disasters.

Plans have been drafted in to address disasters, however more constructive effort and training is needed throughout the country.

US Aid is supporting IOM build PNG’s capacity to train the participants.

The training will end on Friday.

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