Hungry PNG crowd loots relief supplies

4:40 pm on 27 January 2016

Hungry people have stormed a district office in Papua New Guinea's Highlands and stolen all of its food supplies, according to local reports.

The Post-Courier said the incident occurred in the Tambul-Nebilyer district of Western Highlands Province.

The paper reported people from 17 council wards took 2700 bags of rice, each weighing 20kg, as well as 1600 cartons of tinned fish, 300 cartons of cooking oil and 70 bags of flour.

The crowd outnumbered police, PNG Defence Force soldiers, security guards and public servants.

The police station commander said in his report to the provincial commander that the people were not scared of the warning shots police fired as they looted the chamber.

People shouted they were not their enemy, rushed to the building with the relief supplies and took everything, he said.

One person was reportedly injured.