Disaster update: House tool kits distributed

The North Fly emergency response team is among others working tirelessly to distribute food and medical supplies and tarpaulins with water catchment tanks, items that were donated as well as purchased by the local MP.

Mogulu station in Western Province has been the base of relief supplies which the team has been dispatching to the five care centres of Dodomona, Adumari, Digasubi, Huya and Walagu.

It is estimated close to 5,000 affected people are in the care centres.

Adumari has 826 people, Dodomona 1,550, Huya 1,405 and Walagu 1,207.

MP calls for fair distribution of relief supplies

Donald says the supplies must be coordinated properly so that men, women and children affected are assisted adequately and fairly to recover and rebuild their lives.

“There are thousands of people being affected. They’ve lost their homes, infrastructure and food gardens,” states the MP.

“In Western, worst affected are those in Mougulu and Nomad in Nomad LLG where at least 3,000 people have been affected.

1,000 50kg rice bags for disaster relief

Philippines Secretary of Agriculture, Emmanuel Manny Pinol, made the announcement of the donations yesterday when visiting Secretary of Agriculture, Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava.

Accompanied by a large delegation from the Philippines embassy in Port Moresby, Pinol said PNG is home to many Filipinos, therefore it is only fitting to give back.

He said 100 bags of 50kg rice will be bought in PNG while the remaining 900 bags and a 40ft container will be brought in from the Philippines sometimes this week.

22 artists to raise funds for quake victims

Apart from musicians from Hela and Southern Highlands, B-Rad was one to show interest.

Since the appeal by Elizabeth Tandoa and Augustine Emil, more artists, including Rex Band, dAdiigii and Siassi Heritage, have approached to participate.

The group of artists will host a concert this Saturday, March 10, from which all proceeds will go to the immediate assistance of the affected communities.

The gate fee is K5 for a child and K10 for an adult.

A venue is yet to be locked in, but Tandoa said they are working with NCD Governor Powes Parkop to secure this.

PNG earthquake: Women groups mobilise support

Water, shelter and food are urgently needed in these impacted villages.

The Advancing PNG Women’s Network, CDI Foundation and Hela Meri Never Give-Up are running a 2-week earthquake relief appeal in Port Moresby.

“We are appealing specifically to the public.

Yumi harim long reidio, lukim long TV na yumi filim sori na yumi laik givim na halivim na givim sampla samting, there’s place, a platform where we can donate,” stated Cathy Alex from Advancing PNG Women’s Network.

Day 4: No relief yet

For some, like those at Baguale in the Kutubu LLG, Southern Highlands Province, the little they have is running out.

Villager Paul Ipakase told Loop PNG that today marks day four since the devastation.

He expressed sadness that neither of the companies in the area have tried to help the locals.

Ipakase said all villagers have been scattered since the disaster, and most have now gathered at the Baguale Primary School.