Villagers remember lives lost in tsunami

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VILLAGERS living near the Sissano Lagoon in Aitape, West Sepik yesterday remembered the 3,500-plus relatives who perished in the 1998 tsunami.
The villagers of Sissano, Warapu, Arop, Malol gathered at Warapu village to remember those who lost their lives and those who survived the natural disaster.
Aitape-Lumi MP Patrick Pruaitch and West Sepik Governor Tony Wouwou joined the people and pledged to continue supporting the restoration programmes in the area.
Survivors of the disaster complained about the slow and incomplete restoration and rehabilitation efforts. But they thanked the churches and donors for supporting them.
Pruaitch thanked the retired public servants from the area who are assisting the people of Sissano to be self-reliant as government assistance was slow in arriving. “The Governor for West Sepik and myself will fund a monument with the names of all those who perished in 1998 so it will remind all of us of what happened and will also serve as a warning for future disasters,” Pruaitch said.
Pruaitch will allocate K1 million to provide roofing iron next month to Arop village to ensure families in the East and West Coast of Aitape are living in good homes next year.

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