9 Feb 2006

Floods in Papua New Guinea leave 12 thousand homeless

2:39 pm on 9 February 2006

Parts of the Central Province in Papua New Guinea are reportedly under water, leaving at least 12-thousand people homeless and their food gardens destroyed.

The National reports that recently buried bodies and coffins have been washed up by the flood waters which villagers say have been up to two metres high.

The flooding started last November but increased in the last three weeks due to heavy rain.

It has wrecked homes, aid posts, schools and trade stores and a section of the Hiritano Highway - three kilometres of which is under water.

The president of the Mekeo/Kumi local level government, Emmanuel Paike, says the people's lives are at risk from starvation and other health concerns.