K400,000 for M’buke Island disaster

The M’buke Island disaster relief has been allocated funding by the Manus District Development Authority Board.

In a special meeting held last Friday in Lorengau, the DDA board, under the chairmanship of Open Member Job Pomat, passed a resolution that K400,000 from the District Services Improvement Program funds will be given to the islanders.

M’buke was hit by strong winds on May 5, wrecking 54 homes. 218 people remain at a care centre on the island.

The K400,000 allocation will see K40,000 go towards the administration of relief supplies while K60,000 has been allocated for the purchase of a Lukas Sawmill that will be used to cut timber to rebuild houses.

K300,000 will be used for the purchase of hardware materials for families who lost their homes.

Other businesses and preview resolutions that were discussed during the meeting, including funding towards the upgrade of the Lorengau General Hospital.

K500,000 allocation was confirmed for the hospital.

Other areas that also had funding confirmed for by the DDA include Papitalai Secondary School and other primary schools, and the Lorenagu Manus Market informal sector.

Sally Pokiton