Radio New Zealand, 9 March 2012
More than a quarter of a 5 million US dollar government commitment has been handed over to people affected by the Tumbi landslide in Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands in January.
The newspaper, The National, reports that in a cheque-handing-over ceremony, Provincial disaster co-ordinator Martin Pat told landowners that the funds were for rehabilitation and relocation of villagers hit by the landslide.
Mr Pat says that 50 pigs were also given to the relatives of the people who had died by the government, and the developers of ExxonMobil’s LNG Project.
At least twenty five people are believed to have been buried in the January 24th landslide however reports indicate that only a couple of bodies have been recovered.
1,000,000 US dollars of the overall government funding has reportedly been used for disaster operations.
The remainder will be used to repair the section of the road buried by the landslide.
Martin Pat says that Construction of a memorial and its cost will be borne by the developer and the disaster centre