Strong winds, heavy rain wreak havoc in Manus

12 houses have been lost and many others damaged on Mbuke Island following torrential rain and wind in Manus Province.

Information provided to this newsroom by Mbuke community in Port Moresby, from reports gathered from their families back home, described it as a cyclone although authorities are yet to issue official reports.

Amongst the damages to properties, sources reported 1 casualty.

The casualty, a child, sustained head injuries after he was hit by a tree. He was taken to Pelipowai Health Centre and later referred to Lorengau General Hospital.

The extent of the damage in other parts of the province is yet to be established.

The disaster was reported to have occurred at 12 noon today.


Carolyn Ure
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