PEOPLE living around Lake Kutubu in Southern Highlands badly need food and medicine, Foe Landowners Association chairman Johnny Yawari says.
Yawari, who travelled to the quake-affected areas, said people from four villages near the lake were being evacuated to the Pimaga government station. “It’s really bad. Lake Kutubu was once beautiful but is no longer because of the earthquake,” he said from Mt Hagen yesterday.
“Every tremor, a house goes down. Not safe for people.
“Kutubu High School has been damaged including a new school that we built recently.
“The villagers walked to the mainland or Pimaga station.
“A care centre is being set up at the station, with people living in tents.
“I gave them K5000 to buy food over the weekend.
“The road is cut off. People are scared to travel or look for food because the earth keeps shaking.
“People need help. They are injured and homeless. Trade stores might run out of goods soon.
“We have to try clear the roads for access and mobility. Relief supplies to the people at the moment can only be flown in.”
Nipa-Kutubu planner Robin Tuna said about 1600 injured people had sought treatment at the Pimaga Rural Hospital. The National