240117QUAKE HITS BOUGAINVILLE
By Aloysius Laukai in Buin
The major earthquake that hit Bougainville two days ago has damaged properties and caused three deaths in South Bougainville according to the Police Commander/ senior Sergeant JOHN POPUI from the Buin Police Station.
SSergeant, JOHN POPUI told New Dawn FM that two kids are still being dugged out from earth and rocks that fell on the two children a boy and a girl who were swimming at the time of the incident. The 3rd child managed to escape with injuries.
The incident happened at OKOMO village in Buin district.
Okomo village landslip killed two children 3rd one escape with injuries
They are still buried they are trying to retrieve the bodies
Police unable to go to the location because of no road access.
Reports from Kauona village Nagovis says that a small girl seven years of age ,Janet Sipena was picking greens up the Pangara river when stones from another landslip smashed her head killing her instantly.
Police officere POPUI sais that they were waiting for Reporst from Torokina, which was close to the epicentre of the 8 point Quake.
Senior Sergent John POPUI is calling on the people of South Bougainville to report to Police any damages and deaths that the earthquake has caused.
He said that many houses in Buin were destroyed and fell to the ground.
Meanwhile, the Member for South Bougainville Timothy Masiu has already called on the National Disaster Office to support his people in this time of need.
MR.Masiu called from Port Moresby and said that he was monitoring the situation and will support wherever he can.