K2m released to help Kandep frost victims

This follows a devastating effect by the frost affecting over 72 thousand people.

Kandep MP and Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye held an urgent District Development Authority meeting over the weekend and released the funds which will go towards helping the affected people.

Mr Poly during the meeting instructed officers from the district to immediately make food supplies available to the affected people.

The funds released will be used to buy mainly rice, flour and cooking oil among other store goods to be distributed to the affected people.

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The 'ice crystals' that flattened their food gardens and the surroundings this week is being described as severe.

Community leader and Tekep clansman of Maltaka, in the Upper Kaguel, John Kombani Boi said they will suffer the consequences and need the attention of government authorities.

He said this El Nino is far worse than 1997 as it completely sweep anything that is green.

"This is far worse. This is really a catastrophe.  We have never witnessed such frosts in the past and I am really sad to see our people suffer," Boi said.