Goilala District is now truly under the spell of the dry weather. Gardens are been destroyed and food crops now roasted out by cubes of ice that falls during the cover of the night.
According to the reports from home – Woitape station – 2763060 – confirmed affected areas goes as far as the Chirime valley – Yongai, Kumunga, Yioribai, kafano, Evesa, and over the range into, Ononge, Kambidea, visi, kase, kulama, Omboli, Tiviro, and extends into Auga Dilava’s Tolokuma, Mondo, Fane, Belavista, popole, polomaniav, sindo, and back into the foot of Mt Albert Edward’s Yeme, Kosipe, Tanipai and Tokio. Woitape station is also been hard hit by this natural disaster.
Francis Laipu when contacted in Woitape confirmed a whole village in Kumunga, in the Chirime valley was burnt to ashes. The cause of this is attributed to the very strong wind. The windy weather has resulted in small naked fires spreading into becoming wild bush fires.
Attempts to get in touch with Central Provincial Disaster office was unsuccessful. Mr Mathew Ipou, who is the Disaster coordinator for Central Province is aware of the current state of affairs in Goilala. But the course of action he has taken to see this issue is addressed is unknown at this stage.
National Broadcasting Commission – NBC – has been talking to the local people at Woitape and surrounding areas using the only visat power telikom phone – 2763060 – in Woitap to get updates and full stories for this natural disaster.
The same drought that’s affecting other places in the country has also hit Goilala hard. Starvation will be the cause of a good number of deaths should authorities delay the much needed relief assistance.
If the relief assistance is been organized is something no one knows but the affected communities will only hope for the best.
Photographs are been organized to get sent down from home. Once these photographs reaches Port Moresby, we will have them uploaded here to reveal the extent of the disaster experienced by Goilala people online.
Lord Have Mercy.
More updates coming up.