6 Dec 2007

Aid officials in Oro Province now looking at reconstruction needs

4:28 pm on 6 December 2007

The co-ordinator of the state of emergency in Papua New Guinea's flood devastated Oro Province says they are now turning their thoughts to reconstruction.

The floods three weeks ago claimed at least 150 lives and thousands remain homeless.

Co-ordinator Colonel Vagi Oala says while the massive Australian Air Force airlift of relief supplies is now winding down, there are still areas rquiring basic support.

But he says they also need to begin work on the restoration of infrastructure such as the critical road from the main town Popondetta to the port and airport.

Colonel Oala says this is the most strategically important road but it lost a total of nine bridges in the flood.

"It is going to take quite a bit of time and of course it will take quite a bit of money to reconstruct those bridges. But we are looking at the quick fix type of thing like a Bailey Bridge or something of that sort."