12 Nov 2009

Co-ordinated effort needed to respond to PNG's landslide-affected Bulolo, says MP

7:23 pm on 12 November 2009

The MP for Bulolo in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province says a co-ordinated response is needed by local and provincial governments to providing relief for those people affected by last week's massive landslide in his constituency.

The landslide in one of Bulolo's remote villages claimed two lives and destroyed dozens of coffee blocks.

According to local level government, about 3,000 people have been left homeless and are in need of food, water, clothing and relief supplies

However the MP Sam Basil claims that figure is an exaggeration and insists the relief supplies cannot be distributed until disaster officials convey the full extent of the damage.

"I just asked them to do the proper report and then we'll go into the area. We've had experiences in the past when the district tries to attend to disasters and we have the provincial government coming in so we're trying to make a co-ordinated effort between both provincial and district. By this weekend we should come up with something."

Sam Basil