Northern Province’s Girua bridge washed away again

The township of Popondetta and parts of the Oro province were again severely affected by rain and floods last night.

The only bridge linking the airport and Oro Bay wharf in Northern province Girua Bridge has been washed away again yesterday (Wednesday Feb 3) during the heavy downpour.

Loop PNG was told by reliable source in Popondetta that the main dam was also broken leaving the town in total darkness with no electricity supply.

The source said PNG Water had also advised that there will be no water for the next one week.

The rain is still continuing with thunderstorm and lightning flashing across the sky.

Businesses and commuters using the bridge are stuck on each side of the bridge as they can’t cross over to the other side.

The multi-million kina bridge project was recently built and opened in 2014 after Cyclone Guba hit the province in 2007.

The bridge was funded by the Australian Government, at a cost of K130 million through the Transport and Infrastructure Support Program.

Freddy Mou