A group of survivors congregating at the Pagwi Station, Ambunti District since the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the East Sepik Province in the early hours of Monday [03/04/2023] are seeking relief assistance from those in and around province.
A total number of 20 people have assembled at the station since Monday, prompting residents of Pagwi to set up a committee and seek relief assistance for those displaced.
Head of the relief committee, Mr. Gideon Marlow said it is a sad sight as many have lost their homes, properties and others and have sought assistance from those around the station as no one has reached out to them yet.
“We are taking this initiative because I see that no one has come forward as yet to provide assistance, so with the help of a few of my friends, we are trying to get assistance for those affected.”
Marlow said they have set up 3 designated areas within Wewak town to for donations, one at the Provincial Assembly Guard house and the other 2 at the Chair of the Friends of Greater Sepiks residence and the Franciscan Sisters House.
He said the LLG has taken their own step to provide for those displaced, with the Deputy District Administrator paying a visit to assess their situation.
He added that he is not too sure of their plans of how they would like to assist but for the mean time Marlow is calling on everyone in the province to assist them in this challenging times by donating.
He said it is highly likely that the number of people seeking refuge there will increase over the coming days.