Still waiting for disaster assistance

Letters, Normal

The National, Tuesday October 22nd, 2013

 THE Wapenamanda district administration needs to provide a detailed explanation on the allocation and use of disaster relief funds released by the National Disaster Centre.

Continuous heavy rainfall caused many rivers to burst their banks and  triggered several landslides. 

These natural calamities caused destruction to food and cash crop gardens, houses, schools, infrastructure, health and vegetation in the district.  

The National Disaster Centre deployed a rapid assessment team to conduct damage and needs assessment of the flood-stricken areas.  

The team discovered that there were extensive flooding and landslides that affected many citizens.

The team recommended immediate attention by the government.

The National Disaster Centre released one million kina for disaster relief operations in Wapenamanda district. 

The cheque was presented to MP Rimbink Pato. 

But it has been some five months now and those people affected by these natural catastrophic events have not received any assistance at all. 

Can someone from Wapenamanda district administration explain if funds or services have been allocated and released to these affected areas? 


Daniel Wettao, Via email