8 Jan 2021

PNG's Marape visits site of deadly landslide

8:53 am on 8 January 2021

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has visited the site of a deadly landslide a week ago.

15 people were killed by the slip at an alluvial mining site in Goilala early last Monday.

James Marape flew into the area to visit families and attend the haus krai (mourning house) ritual for those who died.

PNG PM visits landslide site

PNG PM visits landslide site Photo: PNG government

He also contributed US$15,000, a hundred bags of rice, 50 cartons of tinned fish, 50 cartons of tinned meat, and 100 cartons of fresh meat and chicken for the haus krai.

"The bodies of nine people, out of 15 buried by the Goilala landslide, had been found and taken to their home villages for burial," he said.

He said no one should be blamed for the landslide as it was a natural disaster.

PNG's PM, James Marape at Haus Krai for landslide victims

PNG's PM, James Marape at Haus Krai for landslide victims Photo: PNG government

Mr Marape also reminded locals of the government's credit facility for small business was open to everyone in Papua New Guinea, including rural areas like Goilala.

He announced that the government's freight subsidy scheme would include Goilala so that their rural produce could be taken to urban markets.

Prime Minister Marape said the government was subsidising coffee prices to put money in the pockets of people in rural areas like Goilala.