19 Jul 2014

Clean-up after floods in PNG's Southern Highlands

8:38 am on 19 July 2014

People living in remote villages of PNG's Southern Highlands are helping to clear debris along the feeder roads affected by heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides.

National Disaster Officer reports say more than 45,000 people in the Gulf and Southern Highlands provinces have been affected by flooding, following a month of torrential rain which has caused widespread damage.

The National newspaper has visited some parts of the Mendi-Munihu district and says people are working together to clear the debris and build fallen bridges.

A youth leader, Mathew Naki, says they cannot expect fast relief supplies from the disaster office as it takes time for proper assessments to be carried out.

He says people must learn to rebuild their devastated lives now, and get the government support later.

Mr Naki says hundreds of people are still waiting for relief supplies to reach their villages.