Government Commits K10 million Funding and Relief Assistance to Flood -Affected Communities in Western Province

Friday 28 June 2024

Aerial view of  areas in Western Province under flooding shown to Prime Minister Marape from the helicopter. (PM”s Media).

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape on Friday, 21 June, 2024,  committed Government funding support of  K10 million, and offered immediate relief and restoration assistance , to  communities under flooding in the Western Province.

Government’s support was complemented by a funding commitment of K20 million from Ok Tedi Mining Ltd, and a collection of support from the Western Provincial Government and the local district development authorities totaling about K6 million.

The National Disaster Office has also given K1 million, as well as Department of Works and Highways which has offered K500,000. PM Marape also committed to have fresh food delivered from neighbouring Highlands districts – Nipa, Southern Highlands Province; Telefomin, West Sepik Province; and Tari-Pori, Hela Province, as part of food relief.

Prime Minister made the commitment when he undertook an urgent trip to Western Province to inspect the  affected communities  along the Fly River following a flood disaster that has caused major displacement of people in various districts of the province.

Upon arriving in Kiunga, North Fly District – together with Western Province Members of Parliament in an Ok Tedi Mining Ltd sponsored charter Flight from Port Moresby – Prime Minister Marape flew by helicopter to the most affected areas in three electorates – Obo (Middle Fly), Suki (South Fly) and Hawaba (Delta Fly).

The Prime Minister was also accompanied by Minister for Works and Telefomin MP, Hon. Solan Mirisim and Defense Minister and Nipa-Kutubu MP, Hon. Dr Billy Joseph. PM Marape expressed his sympathies for the people affected by the disaster, taking time to comfort them as he engaged with communities and spoke to them.

“After visiting the most affected areas of Obo, Suki and Hawaba in Western Province along the Fly River following the flood disaster, the government is offering immediate assistance in terms of funding and food supplies, as the affected communities are experiencing hunger with their homes under water right now.

 “Relocation and long-term restoration of the people in these affected villages are also being looked at,” said Prime Minister Marape upon returning to Kiunga airport the same day.

“I commend the leaders of Western Province for raising the concern for their people and putting the proposal through for us to ensure relief and permanent restoration for our people in the affected communities take place.

” Western Governor Taboi Awi Yoto estimates a total of 155 villages involving some 20,000 people displaced by the flooding.”

Mr Marape said fresh drinking water, food, temporary shelter and medical are immediately needed for the affected communities.

Prime Minister Marape expressing his sympathy to the  people at Obo Station, Middle Fly District for the loss of loved ones following the flood  disaster in their area. (picture: PM”s Media).

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