Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has announced a K20 million commitment towards relief, restoration, and relocation of communities along the Fly River in Western Province.

The funding announcement was made in the wake of severe flooding along the Fly River following continuous heavy rainfall.

OTML and its business partners previously delivered K250, 000 worth of basic food supplies to five flood-stricken villages in the Lower Middle Fly region of Western Province.

The OTML Donations Committee distributed basic food supplies through the Community Relations & Sustainability (CR&S) Department and the Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF). The Sustainable Development Program (SDP) also provided support through its health and well-being assessments conducted in the area.

Supplies were initially distributed to the Middle Fly Villages of Kaviananga, Komovai, Kasa, Levame and Owa villages based on the findings of an initial assessment conducted by OTML’s CR&S and Environment Departments, OTDF and SDP, as being severely impacted by flooding resulting in restricted access to food sources and safe drinking water.

OTML Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, Kedi Ilimbit, said “As a fully nationally owned mine, OTML has a corporate social responsibility to provide support towards the relief, restoration, and relocation of our communities impacted by this natural disaster.”

Mr Ilimbit has encouraged all stakeholders in Western Province to work together to ensure impacted communities are provided the relief support they need and provide long term solutions for the affected peoples.

Prime Minister, James Marape, recently made a funding commitment of K10 million, after visiting flood impacted areas of Obo (Middle Fly), Suki (South Fly), and Awaba (Delta Fly) on 21st June.

Other flood relief and restoration funding announced during the Prime Ministers visit include K6 million from the Fly River Provincial Government and North Fly, Middle Fly, Fly Delta, and South Fly District Development Authorities; K1 million from the National Disaster Office; and K500, 000 from the Department of Works and Highways.