PNG Cyclone Victims To Receive Relief Assistance

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More than 12,000 people from Milne Bay qualify

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 29, 2014) – More than 12,000 people in Milne Bay recently affected by Cyclone Ita will receive relief assistance.

It follows a public appeal by Governor Titus Philemon to the people and business houses for donations in cash and kind.

Milne Bay people living and working in other centres have rallied to the call for help and organised their own fundraising activities.

Coordinator of the provincial disaster office Eric Balaria reported that a total of 12,346 people of Yeleyamba, Louisiade and Bwanabwana had been affected by Ita.

The provincial disaster committee plans a two-phase disaster response to provide immediate relief supplies of food and other basic needs.

It will be followed by the reconstruction of infrastructure such as classrooms and health facilities damaged or destroyed when the cyclone struck three weeks ago.

The committee has estimated it will initially cost about K1 million to provide food and other necessities, but the total cost may blow out and exceed K2 million when the second phase of public infrastructure reconstruction begins in about three weeks.

Philemon left last Wednesday with the first supply of food onboard mv Sara Lee on a 12-day tour of the worst affected islands.

They are in the three local level governments of Louisiade (Misima, Calvados, Brooker, Panaeati and Conflict Islands), Yeleyamba (Rossel and Sudest) and the Engineer Group (Ware and Kwaraiwa).

The barge mv Samarai Murua is expected to depart Alotau tomorrow with relief supplies including food, water, clothing, tarpaulins, medicine and house building materials.

Meanwhile, more than K400,000 has been collected so far. Individuals, groups and business houses in Alotau have donated food, clothing, cooking utensils and other items to help the victims.

Acting provincial administrator Michael Kape has welcomed the positive response to the public appeal.

But the committee is concerned about one or two groups taking advantage of the disaster to collect cash from the public without giving the proceeds to the provincial disaster committee.

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