19 Feb 2009

Heavy flooding continues to affect Western Highlands Province

7:15 pm on 19 February 2009

Heavy flooding is continuing to affect residents in Papaua New Guinea's Western Highlands Province, with no indication of when the rain will stop.

More than 700 people in the Dei area are homeless after the Waghi River burst its banks earlier this week.

The acting director of the National Disaster Centre, Martin Mose, says heavy rain is continuing to fall in Western Highlands, and he says a team has been delivering emergency supplies to some of the victims.

"We have actually provided food items, relief food items, water containers, or even bottles of water they can immediately drink from. So in fact all those things were in order as of yesterday."

Martin Mose says so far about 27 houses in the Dei area are known to have been inundated by the flooding but is optimistic most residents can eventually return to their homes.