PNG survivors still stranded at Marshall Islands

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DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration is yet to finalise travel arrangements for five Tabar Islanders who are currently stranded at Marshall Islands.
The islanders, who were rescued after two months out at sea, have been in the country for two weeks and are waiting for arrangements between the Foreign Affairs and Immigrations Department officials in both countries before their repatriation to PNG.
Foreign affairs and immigration officials, when contacted on Wednesday, said information on travel arrangements for the survivors would come from the National Disaster Commission (NDC).
However, NDC director Martin Mose said yesterday they were still waiting for confirmation to come from the department before they arranged the repatriation of the survivors.
Attempts to contact the Immigration office yesterday for more information on the matter was unsuccessful.