Thursday, May 23, 2024

NZDF personnel land in PNG with relief supplies

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H Hercules and personnel to Papua New Guinea to help with the distribution of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies.

Papua New Guinea experienced a significant earthquake in March in East Sepik and has also suffered recent flooding.

The PNG Government recently asked for New Zealand’s help in transporting approximately 30 tonnes of aid from Port Moresby to affected communities in outlying areas.

Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Rear Admiral Jim Gilmour said NZDF personnel would work with Papua New Guinea authorities on transporting the supplies to affected communities in 10 provinces.

NZDF personnel were met on arrival by Papua New Guinea’s Minister of Defence Dr Billy Joseph, New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Zwart and the Acting Director National Disaster Centre Mr Laso Mana.

“Our Hercules aircraft are well suited to this task. We have deployed the aircraft and personnel to support our Papua New Guinea partners with their distribution plan and to help get relief supplies to communities in need,” Rear Admiral Gilmour said.

The Hercules departed Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland on Thursday, and will be flying over the weekend to transport the aid.

The relief supplies include tents, blankets, plastic sheets, sleeping pads, water purifiers and portable jerry cans.

The Hercules and NZDF personnel are due to return to New Zealand on Monday.

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