PNG Chamber of Mines launches earthquake appeal

PAPUA New Guinea's Chamber of Mines and Petroleum has launched a relief appeal to help victims of the earthquake that struck parts of Highlands, Western and Gulf provinces on February 26.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 06 April 2018
  • 10:06
  • News
PNG Chamber of Mines launches earthquake appeal ExxonMobil delivering supplies by helicopter to the remote Fuma village in Western Province. Fuma has been isolated since the earthquake, which rendered river water undrinkable and caused flooding that swept away the canoes used by the villagers to reach their gardens.

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The chamber's relief appeal will be an addition to the extensive work being done on the ground by its member companies, particularly Oil Search, ExxonMobil and Ok Tedi Mining.
 
With 220 companies as its members, the chamber is the only recognised body that represents the resource industry in PNG. Its membership also includes associated companies that provide services to mining and petroleum projects.
 
Chamber vice-president Richard Kassman said the chamber's relief appeal would provide a platform for its members to donate in cash or kind. 
 
"The chamber extends our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those that lost their lives to the earthquake," he said.
 
"As the body representing the mining and petroleum industry and a good corporate citizen, it is our duty to ensure the impacted communities are assisted in whatever way they can."
 
Kassman also said a committee had been set up to link with established disaster relief initiatives and to work in close consultation with chamber member companies directly involved in the relief efforts. 
 
The chamber has started the appeal with a donation of K10,000 and is calling on its members, the business community and other interested individuals to donate in cash or in kind.
 
Those who wish to donate can contact the chamber's public relations and communications manager Mackhenly Kaiok on 321 2988 or email MKaiok@pngchamberminpet.com.pg

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