Social media group aids drought stricken island

A Manus Facebook group, Manus Issues, through an appeal within the group has donated rice and water to a village on Rambutso Island in Manus Province.

Panuselu villagers received 64 bags of rice and 1400 litres of water shipped from Lorengau yesterday.

Group administrator Bap Korup said it was a successful appeal for a village of about 400 people.

"I would like to thank Coastal Fuel Lorengau for donation of fuel, and the Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation (PIMS)  for initiating the donations when the appeal was made. Many members of the group chipped in after that,’’ he said.

He also thanked the ground coordinator of the relief assistance, David Putulan for successfully and efficiently executing the transportation to the island.

"It is the first of any form of organised help for the drought stricken communities in Manus. It is very encouraging to see Manusians helping Manusians in time of need," he said.

David Putulan