22 Apr 2014

Rebuilding underway near centre of Bougainville earthquakes

7:59 pm on 22 April 2014

The town of Buin in the south of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville is requesting building materials and tools from the province;s government after strong earthquakes left homes destroyed.

The 7.5-magnitude quake on Saturday followed other large quakes the previous weekend.

The executive manager of Buin town, John Itanu, says a house collapsed on a woman, who survived but was taken to hospital.

A representative of the Bougainville government stationed in Bana, Sam Roroga, says people will have to help themselves as there is little the government can do to help due to funding issues, but Mr Itanu says his requests are pretty basic.

"We need nails, saws and hammers to try and rebuild the houses. So we are now putting the report together to send it to the government so that the government can look into it. Nails and hammers and saws, and some petrol, some petrol to cut the timber, using saws."

John Itanu.