PNG Disaster Response Slow

Responses to emergencies happening inthe country are very slow.

Papua New GuineaNational Disaster Office Director Martin Mose says 72 hours isthe required time. However that has not happened.

Mr Mose says many people in Papua New Guineastrong> suffer due to inadequate responses to emergencies and disasters.

He says many provinces have been affected bythe wet monsoon fromthe end of last year 2012 tothe beginning of this year.

Provinces mostly affected are Jiwaka, Morobe, Oro, Western Highlands and West New Beitain andthe National Disaster Office will provide assistance to this affected communities.

A relief funding request of K2.6 million for humanitarian assistance has been submitted tothe Treasury department.

Part of this money will fundthe prolonged drought experienced in Milne Bey andthe food shortages in Bein and Siwai in Bougainville. This includesthe urgent infrastructure recovery for roads and bridges.

He added Government is accountable for the people’s welfare.

Fabian Hakalits, National EMTV News

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