Spending Christmas in a waterlogged town?

Madang town residents are concerned that they might be spending the festive period in a waterlogged town.

Their fear arose from last Friday’s flooding of the central business district (CBD) in the heart of Madang town.

Heavy downpour experienced on Thursday resulted in craters, resembling little pools, appearing along recently-sealed roads in town. This was a definite eyesore for residents.

With the recent wet season, the problem is likely to get worse.

The situation has prompted the chairman of the Madang Town Landowners Association, Talad Lukas, to call on relevant authorities to seriously find a lasting solution to the problem.

Lukas blamed the craters on poor drainage and gutters without proper outlets, thus causing mini pools everywhere.

He said Madang town drainage system and the gutters were built during the colonial era and had outlived their purpose.

He is challenging the Madang Provincial Government, Madang Urban LLG and the Member for Madang to seriously look into the outstanding issue.

Such problems should not be allowed to continue into the New Year.

(Craterlike potholes along the main road in town)

James Kila