Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

PNG disaster response lacking, says head

Tuesday January 29, 2013 - 16:33 EDT

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it does not have adequate resources to respond quickly to natural disasters.

The centre has been critised for its slow response in helping tens of thousands of people affected by flooding in PNG's Morobe and Oro provinces and part of the highland provinces..

The director, Martin Mose, says it cannot respond within 24 to 72 hours because a lack of workers and funding.

He called on PNG's 22 provinces and its administrations to hire more people to speed up the disaster response time

"Wwe have not been well resourced both at the national level at the national disaster centre and, of course, at the provincial level," Mr Mose said.

"As well they have not been well resourced in terms of manpower and funding and that definitely affects logistics strengths or capacity of provincial disaster offices."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Lightning: How much do you know?

07:03 EST

Life on Earth may have never occurred without it, but a bolt of lightning can also kill you ?? if you are unlucky enough to be struck.

Rain flows off Uluru after burst of wet weather in Central Australia

15:21 EST

Rain has been filmed streaming down Uluru after another burst of wet weather in what has proved to be a damp year for Central Australia.

Flooding to end Victoria's wet winter

13:09 EST

A band of rain sweeping over Victoria may cause flooding in the state's north and northeast in the next 24 hours.