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Madang welcomes food, gardening supplies after flood

By Poreni Umau

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, December 31, 2008) – Two villages in the Bogia district of Madang Province hard hit by the recent high tides received relief supplies last Sunday.

This was revealed by Otto Avorosi, the acting provincial director for disaster and emergency service in Madang yesterday.

Mr Avorosi said seven tonnes of food, nails, gardening and building tools were dispatched to Botbot and Kayan villages in the Bogia district from the PGK200,000 [US$78,000] given for the affected areas by the National Government.

He said the old Kayan village was badly affected and homeless people were taken in by their relatives.

Mr Avorosi said this was because the village was right near the shore and was in the path of the dangerous sea swells.

He said similarly, Botbot village, near the mouth of the Botbot River was destroyed by the invading tides.

He said several food gardens and sago patches were destroyed.

Mr Avorosi said that at Marangis, gardens were affected by the invading high tides with sago patches turning brown and the affected families were taken in by their relatives and the only things they needed were tools to rebuild their new homes.

He said Mur village in Raicoast was not affected as claimed by reports but that needed to be confirmed.

He said there was not much work being done in the area because officials in the district had not reported the incident quickly.

"So far we understand that the amount of destruction is not as much as those affected in the Bogia district," Mr Avorosi said.

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