6 Jan 2017

Help blocked for PNG flood victims

10:03 am on 6 January 2017

Assistance for those affected by severe flooding in Papua New Guinea's eastern Highlands has been hindered by locals further down the road setting up a roadblock.

The Post Courier said the villagers in Kenemote are charging more than US$31 for every vehicle to cross a culvert built by the locals.

Those affected by the flooding say they are unable to flee because they are also being charged to cross in the other direction.

The flood has left more than 500 people homeless and washed away animals and food gardens.

A councillor from the affected area, Boka Zoganae, says it's shameful to see people inciting more pain to those from his area.