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Stranded citizens seek to return home

David Manning
Police commissioner and emergency controller David Manning

| Papua New Guinea Today

PORT MORESBY - Nearly 500 Papua New Guinean citizens stranded overseas have applied to return home.

In his daily Covid-19 briefing on Saturday, PNG’s state of emergency controller, police commissioner David Manning, says he is working closely with the department of foreign affairs on the details of their repatriation.

Australia will be the point of transit for all the stranded PNG citizens.

Manning says the department is working with the department of foreign affairs in Australia to get authorisation.

He assured stranded PNG citizens around the world that they are doing their best to ensure they return safely home.

Manning said they will be in isolation for 14 days upon their arrival in PNG.

BUKA - Meanwhile, One PNG reports that Bougainville might run out of protein food in coming weeks if supply chains are not fixed.

There has been a massive breakdown in the supply chains as movement of people, goods and services have been suspended.

Emergency and disaster coordinator Linus Sahoto said the 7,500 people on Nissan Island are experiencing an unprecedented food shortage with crops devastated by a series of extreme weather events.

The situation is becoming increasingly dire with reports of children being injured collecting food from tall trees.


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