FIRST LOAD OF RELIEF SUPPLIES REACH FLOOD-AFFECTED PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 30,1999 – Radio Australia)---The first load of relief supplies has reached flood-ravaged areas of Papua New Guinea's Western Province.

Heavy rain over the past few weeks has caused flooding along the Fly and Strickland Rivers, and around Lake Murray.

About 15,000 people have been affected, with food shortages in many areas.

Supplies have been sent in via aircraft chartered by the Ok Tedi mine, which is in the affected area, and villagers have been using dinghies to collect supplies from distribution points.

The Papua New Guinea Government has committed $300,000 dollars to the relief effort.

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