Relatives demand K6m from government

National, Normal
Source:

The National, Wednesday November 6th, 2013

 By ZACHERY PER

THE Government has been told to pay K6 million in compensation for properties and lives lost in the landslide in Eastern Highlands.

The demand was received by Lands and Physical Planning Minister and Ungai-Bena MP Benny Allan at the Barano landslide site in Daulo district.

Allan assured the people that he would present their demand to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill today.

A Barano landslip disaster working committee has also been established.

Other issues raised were they were yet to be assessed and compensated for planted and structural improvements under the Highlands Highway Rehabilitation Programme and the heavy hauling of cargo along the section of the highway triggered the landslide to occur.

Works Minister Francis Awesa is expected to visit the site today.

Allan thanked the people for their good behaviour and for respecting the law. He said the Works department and National Disaster Centre would assess the damage before they deliberated on the demand.

He supported the call by the relatives to ban people from walking across the debris because people were still buried there under the debris. Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso vowed to support what the people had demanded from the Government. She delivered a truck load of relief supplies and food. 

Henganofi MP Robert Atiayafa visited the site and delivered a truck load of food as well.