The National, Friday 14th June 2013
THE Government has given K1 million to help people affected by the floods in Wapenamanda district in Enga.
It has also allocated K500,000 for the displaced Manam islanders in Madang.
Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion presented the cheques to Wapenamanda MP Rimbink Pato and Madang Governor Jim Kas in Port Moresby yesterday.
Dion said: “I am humbled to say that the Government had for the first time allocated K50 million for disaster response.
“The country has experienced unusual heavy rain causing floods, landslides and massive destruction to infrastructure and livelihood in various parts of the country last year and early this year.
“The Government has also committed K1 million for Sepik River flooding where more than 63,000 people in the Angoram, Ambunti and Wosera districts have
“About 42,000 people have been affected from the flood and landslide in Wapenamanda.
“I made a commitment to assist the Manam Islanders early this year on my first official visit to the island.
“I am glad to fulfil that commitment with this presentation. “The Government is ensuring that the Manam people are properly re-settled in a safe and appropriate location.”
Kas and Pato thanked the Government for the funding and undertook to provide the people with the assistance they needed.