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

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Taxpayer-purchased water intended for rivers harvested by irrigators

18:09 EST

Billions of litres of water purchased by taxpayers to save Australia's inland rivers are instead being harvested by some irrigators to boost cotton-growing operations, in a policy failure that threatens to undermine the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Windy night ahead for NSW, Vic

18:04 EST

It's going to be a blustery night in parts of eastern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania with damaging gusts possible in some areas into tomorrow morning.

Murray-Darling Basin: Angry communities call for inquiry after Four Corners pumping revelations

15:39 EST

Broken Hill's Mayor has joined other angry community leaders in calling for an inquiry into the operation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.