By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Communities on the west coast of New Ireland are struggling to cope with the dry spell that has hit many parts of the country
Many water sources have dried up, and a decrease in water levels has been seen across the board. The provincial government has called for immediate assistance regarding this.
New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan, has given a directive for trucks to distribute water to these areas.
“People are struggling with the current drought situation and shortage of clean drinking water. We cannot sit around and wait, help must be executed,” Sir Julius said.
Governor Chan has intervened after receiving reports that the situation had worsened, with people not having safe drinking water and therefore walking long distances to fetch clean water.
The Governor demanded that water delivery begin within 12 hours, with water delivered from Panamafei all the way to Naiama. This will continue for the next seven days.
The Tigak Islands also are in need of water and the Governor directed “No Obstruction” by bureaucratic red tapes, distribution must begin immediately”.
Boats are now being hired to carry containers of precious water to those in need.