4 Jun 2012

Heavy flooding in PNG's Western Province

5:21 am on 4 June 2012

More than 26,000 people in the South Fly area in Papua New Guinea's Western Province have been affected by floods and this figure is expected to increase in the coming days.

The Post Courier reports continuous heavy rainfall throughout the month has caused the flooding which has destroyed homes and villages, affecting thousands of people.

The Acting District Manager Giboi Waina says the South Fly Provincial Administration has donated nearly 200-thousand US dollars for relief purposes.

He says the Provincial Administration also supported the affected people with food because food crops are under water.

Some people have moved to higher ground while others are still living in the disaster area.

The Western Provincial Government is now calling on the National Government and NGOs to take urgent action for the people of South Fly.