PNG Opposition slams emergency response

6:43 am on 5 March 2015

PNG's Opposition Leader has criticised the government as he says they have been slack in responding to emergencies.

Mr Polye says he has heard of deaths claimed by floods and properties and roads destroyed and the National Disaster office calling for relief funds.

He says the government's response to all types of emergencies and disasters has been appalling and deficient.

Mr Polye says the socio-economic effects of natural disasters are devastating and government inaction in addressing it should be condemned.

He says the National Disaster office should be isolated from the Department of Inter-Governmental Relations and a new authority created specialising in emergency response and disaster mitigation.