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MRA donates supplies to landslide-affected area

The Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) has donated K200,000 ($78,100) worth of relief supplies to the people of the landslide-affected Yambale Village.

The supplies will be transported to the site in collaboration with the Enga Provincial Disaster Committee. Supplies include 600 bags of rice, 400 cartons of tinned fish, 400 cartons of noodles, 200 bales of sugar, and 200 bottles of cooking oil as well as other basic goods.

Led by Porgera Mining project coordinator Joe Kak Ryangao, the MRA team gave out the supplies earlier this week. Their visit was held in conjunction to PNG Prime Minister James Marape’s announcement of the delivery of K20 million ($7.8 million) in Government assistance.

Marape was joined by the Governor for the Enga Province Peter IPatas and other regional leaders, who also made financial commitments towards helping those affected.

Speaking on behalf of MRA managing director Jerry Garry, Ryangao conveyed the company’s condolences to those affected by the landslide.

“To see the very village that MRA officers pass by every other week completely wiped out in such a tragic manner was devastating,” he said.

MRA officers are frequently in the area due to its close proximity to the Porgera gold mine.

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