Namatanai people restrained from using sea

The people of Konos and nearby villages in the Central New Ireland district of Namatanai are yet to use their sea after an unusual deep sea creature, fish and other marine animals were found dead last week.

A local woman from the area, Naomi Watong, told Loop PNG that the provincial disaster office staff visited their village on Saturday (April 16) and are yet to get back to them.

She said the people have been restrained from using the sea because of the awful smell from the dead creatures.

“We are still waiting on the disaster office to tell us the cause of the dead creatures. For now we have not been using the sea because it is very smelly,” she said.

She added that the sea is also getting hotter and very oily.

The villages found out about the dying creatures on Saturday, April 9, at around 12 midday.

Investigations are still continuing to find out the cause of the dead animals.

The villages affected include Komalabu, Konos and Karuselatkonogogo.

Freddy Mou