Appeal set up in PNG for fire victims

4:41 pm on 21 August 2017

An appeal has been established for families who lost homes in a devastating fire at the weekend in Papua New Guinea's capital.

Hanuabada fire

Hanuabada fire Photo: Melvin Levongo

More than 20 homes were destroyed by fire leaving more than 200 families homeless in the Port Moresby village of Hanuabada on Saturday.

The fire has prompted calls for better services to the seaside community and a better funded fire service.

Villagers on the ground could not confirm how the fire started but were surprised at how quickly it spread before the firefighters came to the rescue.

A relief appeal centre was set up by National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, who urged city residents to donate cash or kind, which would go towards helping the affected villagers.

The village is home to many famous sports personalities, including Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Steven Kari.