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PNG Disaster Centre having difficulty responding to recent floods

PNG Disaster Centre having difficulty responding to recent floods

Updated 29 January 2013, 18:06 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it lacks both the staff and logistical capacity to respond quickly to natural disasters throughout the country.

Director Martin Mose says it cannot do rapid assessment and response within 24 to 72 hours as it lacks the capacity to help those people affected.

He's called on PNG's 22 provincial administrators to employ people to do disaster assesment and relief assistance work quickly.

Mr Mose has told Firmin Nanol, the centre has fallen behind in its efforts to help tens of thousands of people affected by flooding and landslips caused by heavy rains in PNG's Morobe, Oro and parts of the highlands provinces.

Presenter:Firmin Nanol

Speaker: PNG's National Disaster Centre Director, Martin Mose

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