Central villages under water

Continuous rain is affecting the roads and livelihoods of people in the Central Province.

 Roads have not been accessible for people in Kairuku, while some villages along the Magi highway, watched their houses being washed away.

Heavy rains have affected villages in Central province, with floods blocking off roads while food gardens and homes are submerged.

In Gaire village, people resorted to paddling on boats between houses after continuous rain saw a rise in the water level to above knee length.

Six houses were washed away in Gabagaba village, leaving families displacd. 

Up the Hiritano highway to Kairuku and into Gabadi, a whole village has been under water since Saturday. The floods have also affected their food gardens.

Roads to Nikura, Poukama, Delena and Yule Island have turned into deep rivers, making it impassable for vehicles, as water levels continue to rise.

An extraction team, sent by the Central Governor’s office, has flown up to Goilala to airlift victims of a landslip. Three people are reportedly dead while one critically injured.

The Central Provincial Administration lead by Acting Provincial Administrator Peter Simbakua has put in place a care taker administration during the festive period to coordinate emergency and security responses within the province.

The Administration Team has dispatched teams across the highway with support from Central Province Police Highway Patrol to assess and report back to the Acting PA.

Their immediate concern is the weather situation, causing flooding and landslips, across the province.

Picture: People paddling in Gaire village. 



Sally Pokiton