National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, launched the appeal today, saying: “By now, everyone in the city and around the country would have learnt of the tragedy that struck our big village of Hanuabada yesterday.
“On behalf of the residents of our city and as an expression of our sympathy and solidarity to the affected families, their relatives and our Motu and Koitabu people, I am launching this appeal.
“Donations can be brought to the City Hall now where my officers will be at the car park to receive and register your donations.
“Children can bring toys and old school uniforms too.
“All donations will be acknowledged and noted.
“I will make a cash donation on behalf of all of us too tomorrow by lunch time.”
15 houses have been completely razed by the fire that devastated the village yesterday afternoon.
Locals told Loop PNG that over 200 people are now homeless, as one building can house up to 5 families. Apart from that, over 6 homes have been partially burnt, while the source of the incident is yet to be determined.
Community leaders will also set up an appeal account by tomorrow, where they aim to reach K2 million to help with the rebuilding of homes as well as the clearing of debris.
(Scouts Association of Hanuabada building a makeshift pulley bridge to help ferry residents)