PNG lacks disaster management
By MELISSA MARTIN
The Governor for the National Capital District Powes Parkop stated this last week during the presentation of K10,000 as sponsorship to Miss NCDC Judith Buseng to enter the Miss PNG Red Cross pageant.
The Papua New Guin ea Disaster Management body is not prepared to provide instant relief and also search and rescue during times of natural disaster.
He stated that government relief effort is not quick and response is usually very slow and late during times of
“Disaster management in the country is a disaster itself. Natural disasters become man-made disasters again.
“The government must have an effective and well-funded disaster management team in the country.
“I believe the National Disaster Centre is under funded by the government so they don’t have funds to provide immediate relief,” Governor Parkop stressed.
He stated that Climate Change is a huge global concern that is causing unpredictable weather patterns that cause disasters that can strike anytime on the on land, sea and air.
“Therefore, the National Weather Office must effectively work closely with other disaster offices to issue warnings of change in weather patterns in PNG.
“People need to be aware of weather patterns in advance and prepare for it,” he added.
He stated that in order for this to happen, funds must be allocated by the government to disaster management institutions to carry out relief work on time.
“Disaster relief funds and response logistics must be allocated to different provinces and at district level to respond to disasters in their area.
“So when disaster strikes, they will not wait for the government but will quickly provide relief to those affected,” he added.
He has called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neil to set up this capacity to be prepared for any natural disasters in the future.
“Who knows where and when the next disaster will strike? We must be prepared.
“Who is responsible for tsunami alert, earthquake alert, storm alert, El Niño, drought alert and so forth?
“Where should we get our warnings from, Australia, Hawaii or where? Our disaster management is a disaster itself,” he stressed.
Post Courier 5/11/12