PNG gets UN disaster preparation help

10:36 am on 25 May 2015

The United Nations will be in Papua New Guinea this week to try and enhance the country's disaster preparedness and responses.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy, says the workshop aims to gain agreement on important steps that are needed to enhance the capabilites of national and international partners to respond to disasters across the country.

The acting director of the national disaster centre, Martin Mose, says setting up processes and policies such as those that will be developed is part of an effort in PNG to coordinate more closely to ensure all steps are taken to protect the dignity of those affected by disasters.

He says PNG is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, and every year thousands of people in multiple provinces are affected by flooding, cyclones, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.

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Photo: US Geological Survey