8 Dec 2009

Key infrastructure destroyed by flooding in PNG's Oro province

9:10 pm on 8 December 2009

Key infrastructure, including an important bridge, have been destroyed by floods in Papua New Guinea's Oro province.

It's still unclear how many people have been affected by last weeks floods, but some media reports estimate that up to ten thousand people are in urgent need of assistance.

The province has dispatched four teams to the affected areas to assess the damage.

The disaster management office acting director, Martin Mose, says he's already

received some damage reports.

"The thing that causes a bit of worry is the bridge, that connects Oro Bay, the airport and the Popondetta township. That has collapsed and it's to be rehabilitated or reconstructed as soon as possible. A bypass has been opened."

Martin Mose says the government will soon release funds to assist the disaster zone.