The National, Friday 14th of March, 2014
NUKU MP Joseph Sungi has challenged officials in the district to be proactive in addressing the needs of victims of natural disasters.
Sungi relayed the message to villagers at Boni, Kolembi and Yimin villages, in Nuku, during a visit.
He gave cash and relief supplies to people affected by natural disasters such as floods, landslides and lightning.
More than 2,000 people in Yimin, near the Sepik River, have been affected by constant flooding.
The relief supplies including, tents, roofing iron and water tanks, were airlifted to Yimin.
He handed over two 23-foot fibre glass dinghies and 20-HP outboards motors to communities in Arkosame and Yimin.
He said schools and health services had been affected by flooding in the Maimai-Wanwan local level governments in the past two years.
He has directed the Nuku district administration to focus attention on these two areas as they are inaccessible by roads.
Sungi said the Kolembi landslide caused extensive devastation to food gardens and homes.
About 7,000 people in the Palai LLG have been affected by landslides in the past three years.
Local disaster chairman Jerry Nimoten said the only primary school and health center were buried. by the landslide.
Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Against Corruption Alliance manager Mayambo Peipul said it was the first step in ensuring the work was carried out.
Sungi secured K740,000 from the National Disaster Management Office for the district’s disaster relief efforts.
Sungi gave some money to relatives of the four men killed by lightning during a community soccer tournament at Woluk village five years ago.