14 Jan 2009

Flood displaces 3000 in remote PNG valley

8:24 pm on 14 January 2009

More than 3,000 people living in a valley in a remote part of Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province have been displaced after their homes and food gardens were destroyed by flood.

The newspaper, The National, reports that village leaders have reported the death of seven people since the Kemo River in Koroba swelled last October.

The deaths have been attributed to hunger and water-borne diseases.

Villagers said the water trapped in the valley had become a lake, and water level were rising daily while local food supplies was running out.

Thousands of coffee trees, about 50 houses and many food gardens are covered in water.