By JEFFREY ELAPA
THE Department of Foreign Affairs is yet to receive a full report on the status of PNG citizens living in
Acting secretary Alexis Maino told The National that his office was still waiting for reports to be compiled by the consular-general in
Maino said he had not received updates of how many citizens were affected and what plans were in place to assist them.
Meanwhile, according to unconfirmed reports, many PNG citizens, mostly children of politicians, business people, judges and chief executives and secretaries, were living and studying in
Several attempts to contact the consul in
According to an email report, four youngsters from
The three boys and a girl, who were attending a national Christian youth convention on the Gold Coast, and were sent to stay with the Uniting church in the rural
The email stated, at the time, no one knew that the town would be swept up in the damaging floods while the youths were enjoying themselves.
Another lucky PNG family to have been saved thanked the national flag carrier, Air Niugini, for holding the flight out of
The email read: “On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Air Niugini for delaying the aircraft for seven minutes on Jan 13 at the
“We were in a rush to get out of
The email said since all major roads were closed, they got on an early train bound for the airport but, again, the train stalled midway.