Exxon helps Hanuabada fire victims

EXXONMobil has partnered with the Salvation Army PNG Territory to assist relief efforts with a donation of K20,000 to help families affected by the Hanuabada fire which took place over the weekend of August 19 and 20.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 04 September 2017
  • 04:54
  • News
Exxon helps Hanuabada fire victims Andrew Barry

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ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry said the company recognised the impact the fire has had on the displaced families.
"To ensure our support helps to address the most immediate needs of the victims, we reached out to the Salvation Army who have considerable expertise in disaster relief and recovery," Barry said.
The Salvation Army PNG Territory will use the donation from ExxonMobil PNG to fund two 9000 litre water tanks to be installed near the disaster site and water carts to fill the tanks to supply to the affected families. The funds will also be used to buy gumboots and safety gloves for volunteers who are assisting with clearing debris.   
ExxonMobil PNG has also donated a 40ft container to help with storage.
Salvation Army Papua New Guinea Territorial Partnership coordinator Robert Haro thanked ExxonMobil PNG for its continuous support with their work in the communities.
"Lack of sufficient water is a major concern for the affected people and we are grateful that ExxonMobil PNG has come on board to fund it," Haro said.
Hanuabada Relief Committee representative Dadi Toka thanked the oil and gas company and Salvation Army for the support. "Water is a necessity and the tanks will go a long way to help ease the victims' basic need as they slowly rebuild their lives."
Former prime minister and Moresby North-West MP Mekere Morauta has said that he shared the pain of the families in Gunina, Hanuabada, who lost their homes and property.
Fifteen houses were completely destroyed by the fire, 12 were partially destroyed and more than 200 families were directly affected.
Moruata  said his office and Hanuabada election co-ordinators were working with the Central Disaster Committee to ascertain what needed to be done and to find resources to help the families.
He said that the precinct had not been given any electoral funds nor received a district services improvement payment.  Morauta said his office was, however, seeking assistance from National Capital District Commission.
Morauta said he was confident that Hanuabadans' strong sense of village and community spirit would result in the immediate support required by the families affected by the fire, until longer term assistance could be provided.
He said the sad event highlighted the increasingly precarious situation of the traditional villages engulfed by the urbanisation of the national capital.
"I hope that this will be a wake-up call to the Motu-Koita Assembly, NCDC and the National Government to help resolve the plight of the villages," Morauta said.
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