Madang Governor Peter Yama confirmed today, saying the Madang Provincial Administration was very quick to respond to the eruption.
He added that within 72 hours after the eruption, the government responded swiftly to help evacuate the people of Manam.
“The Government is very helpful and has responded swiftly to the cries of the people of Manam.
“I want to thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for such response, which the people of Manam haven’t experienced in the past.”
Governor Yama further said the Government will do all it can to evacuate everyone to the new care centre and make sure they receive the relief supplies on time.
“The Government will always do its best and will ensure all the people of Manam are safe settling well in the new care centre.”
Meantime, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill also confirmed with this newsroom that PNGDF personnel have arrived in Madang with the supplies and have transported them to Manam.
Acting Madang Provincial Administrator John Bivi has been appointed as the Controller of the Disaster relief Supplies and the Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector Ben Neneo, is deputy.
PNGDF and police personnel are currently on the ground to monitor the situation.
(Manam islanders filepic)