Starvation and looting on the rise

Four days after the massive earthquake and the height of its aftermath is hitting earthquake stricken villages hard.

Starvation is on the rise and villagers are forced to resort to whatever means possible, even if it means looting or breaking into privately run and owned properties to find food for their families.

Moro based police officer, Joseph Kumin says that about 40 to 50 men from Sisibia village held up 2 security guards at one of Oil Search’s camp and made away with food supplies stored in a container.

Kumin explained, most, if not all of the villages lost their homes, livestock and food gardens and are now faced with hunger.

Since Monday, villages in Kutubu Southern Highlands Province had not received any relief supplies and many are now faced with hunger and are desperate for help.

Officer Kumin said an Australian Air-force chopper landed in Moro today with supplies but how soon these supplies will reach the people is a concern.

Meantime Officer Kumin confirmed that as of midday today, the death toll for villages in the Moran area stands at 18 while 5 reported deaths from Pimaga Village are unconfirmed.

Furthermore brief tremors continue but not as bad as the previous days whilst road and communication access in the Moro and the entire Lake Kutubu area are yet to be restored.

Carolyn Ure