9 Apr 2009

Relief supplies to be distributed to flood stricken residents in PNG's Central Province

1:39 pm on 9 April 2009

The Red Cross in Papua New Guinea is today due to begin distributing aid to flood stricken residents in the Central Province.

A team from the aid organisation has been conducting a detailed assessment in the Central Province after several rivers burst their banks following heavy rain last month.

Red Cross Secretary General Esmie Freida Sinapa says many people lost their houses and possessions and essential supplies will be given to the most needy families.

"We are sure we'll be providing some tarpaulins because the houses have been affected, and we've been asked to do that. We're also providing some mosquito nets and also we will be mobilising some water containers so that they can catch rain water to help their water sources until the river goes back to normal."

Esmie Sinapa says 15-hundred of the most severely affected people will receive the Red Cross aid.