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OTML supports flood-stricken communities

Ok Tedi Mining (OTML) and its business partners have delivered $K250,000 ($96,750) in aid to five flood-stricken villages in the Lower Middle Fly region of Western Province.

Through its donations committee, OTML distributed supplies to the Kaviananga, Komovai, Kasa, Levame and Owa villages.

The villages were identified as being severely impacted by flooding due to continuous rainfall in the region resulting in access restriction to food sources and safe drinking water.

“As a 100 per cent PNG owned mine, we believe we have a corporate social responsibility to provide support towards relief and recovery of our people and communities within Western Province as well as in other parts of the country,” OTML acting managing director and chief executive officer Alan Bong said.

“When disaster strikes, be it natural or manmade, lives are shattered, homes destroyed, and communities left reeling in the wake of devastation.

“The need for immediate aid is paramount and it is during these critical moments that our compassion and generosity provide hope to those in despair.”

Bong encouraged all stakeholders in Western Province to provide urgent assistance where needed.

“This support from OTML, OTDF and PNGSDP is to provide temporary relief support setting the pace before the responsible government authority organises its disaster committee to bring in more relief supplies,” he said.

The recipient communities thanked OTML and its partners for the prompt assistance provided.

Village elder Yako Bamaru said this was the third biggest flooding in the history of lower Middle Fly caused by torrential rain.

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