8 Nov 2011

Hundreds being re-housed following PNG riots

4:16 pm on 8 November 2011

Police in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae are working to resettle more than a thousand people left homeless as a result of ethnic clashes.

The violence erupted last week after youths unsuccessfully sought to present a petition to the governor of Morobe calling for measures to tackle lawlessness.

Clashes with squatters from Highlands areas erupted and police say at least nine people were killed.

Homes in a squatter settlement were destroyed, displacing hundreds of people.

The provincial government has set up a committee to look into the unrest and to try to prevent it happening again.