DESPITE having temporarily suspended operations since August due to dry weather, Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has continued to support relief efforts in the food crisis afflicting the Western Province.
OTML and the Heduru Trust have responded to the crisis with each donating K5 million to initially purchase 1,600 tonnes of rice to be delivered from Port Moresby for distribution the.
The company has begun shipping containers to Aiambak and Kiunga ports in order to supply the North and Middle Fly Districts.
The first 115 tonnes of rice is being distributed across the Middle Fly corridor and into Lake Murray villages with the assistance of provincial administration officers, PNG Defence Force personnel, Ok Tedi, Starwest and the communities.
OTML acknowledges Trukai Industries for supplying food at discounted prices and offering cartage to shipping sites for loading and Horizon Oil for sponsoring the cartage of containers to the storage location in Kiunga.