M’Buke Island

K400,000 for M’buke Island disaster

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.

Child in critical condition following strong winds

Five others also suffered injuries as a result of houses collapsing from the impact of the wind.

Close to 40 permanent houses were damaged; some had their roofs blown off by winds described by locals as cyclone.

12 extended kitchen houses were blown down including four outhouses (toilets).

A care centre has been set up at the Community Hall for those families affected.