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PNG: 150 villagers homeless after a big fire

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An estimated 150 villagers left homeless after a blaze destroyed 15 homes belonging to Port Moresby’s traditional landowners on Saturday afternoon.

Families in Hanuabada Village, just five minutes from downtown Port Moresby, are living under makeshift shelters, reports Pacific Beat.

The villagers affected had to leave everything behind as they fled the fire, with authorities still unsure what caused it. These customary landowners of Port Moresby are forced to live in squalid conditions with their land used for development.

Relief appeal center was set up by National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, who urged city residents to donate cash or kind, which would go towards helping the affected villagers.