5 Jan 2005

PNG sets aside money for tsunami victims

5:23 pm on 5 January 2005

Papua New Guinea is setting aside US$650,000 for a fundraising drive to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunamis.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the Acting Prime Minister Sam Akoitai has also asked officials to look at sending PNG doctors and nurses to join the relief effort.

The government will open a bank account for appeal funds, and form a fundraising committee to operate for one year.

Mr Akoitai says the government's contribution will be reviewed as fundraising progresses.

Some 3,000 Papua New Guineans died four years ago when a tsunami hit Aitape in Sandaun Province.

Mr Akoitai says the country should reciprocate the goodwill and humanitarian assistance provided by the international community to PNG when it faced natural disaster.