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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 15) – Two people have reportedly died from water-related problems in the flood-devastated Raicoast area of Madang Province.

Recent floods and landslips in the Upper Minjeng and Yowor areas have left thousands of people without clean drinking water.

A 14-year-old boy has reportedly died of diarrhea while a male adult is said to have also died from a gastro-intestinal related illness caused by drinking unclean water.

Raicoast disaster relief coordinator Paul Moab confirmed the deaths yesterday.

Mr. Moab said 21 days after the disaster, there have not been any proper assistance and relief provided for the 4000-plus affected people in the area. And he has warned that further deaths would follow if proper relief aid is not immediately forthcoming.

He said the seven aid posts in the district were running short of medical supplies and there were threats of outbreak of other water-borne illnesses as well as malaria.

Mr. Moab said food is also running short as the floods and landslips have destroyed food gardens and livestock.

So far just 100 bags of rice and 12 cartons of tinned fish donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and RD Tuna Cannery have been distributed to the victims. The 100 tarpaulins taken to the area for temporary shelters is insufficient, he said, adding that while these was most welcome, more was needed to help the homeless and suffering.

Mr. Moab appealed to the government, business houses, NGOs and individuals to assist in any way possible.

Those willing to assist can call Peter Molean and Steven Saliau of the World Vision Project in Madang on telephone 852 3151.

Madang appears to be suffering from severe flooding. 

Flooding has also affected the Upper Ramu and parts of the Usino-Bundi electorate in recent times. 

April 16, 2004

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