Flood

Tumun River in Jiwaka devastates land and property

A major road servicing more than  10,000 people in the upstream in the Kindeng area is under threat while hectares of food gardens, coffee plots and valuable traditional land have been washed away by the flooding river in the Reraka-Keripi area.

The same river cut off the main Kindeng-Dei highway and destroying villages, gardens and land while it cut a new route downstream several years ago. The road is still cut off. Attempts to have it fix redirect the river has failed.

Heavy rains hit Kimbe

Last week’s weather was unpredictable with showers and fine days.

This morning, the heavens opened with flash floods evident everywhere.

It could be a wet Easter period for the Province if the rains continue.     

Wet weather forces Oro schools to close

Oro Governor Gary Juffa revealed to Loop PNG this afternoon following his assessment by air on the effect of flooding in the Kokoda-Oro Bay Highway areas.

The flooding has cut off  the transportation link between the main wharf, airport and Popondetta town.

 Juffa said: “Eroro, Kumusi and Girua bridges have not been washed away; it’s the temporary bailey bridges that had their bases getting washed.”

The new bridges costing K30 million funded by the Australia Government are works in progress.

Northern Province’s Girua bridge washed away again

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.

Morgue, cemetery and back: Guatemalans search for, bury kin

More than 200 people followed the funeral procession for his son, Amilcar, 38, and granddaughter, Maria Jose, 10, whose casket was draped in white with ribbons of white crepe paper. Family members sobbed as city workers in hard hats and orange shirts used scaffolding to hoist her casket to one of the higher crypts that were opened up rapidly to make room for the scores of dead from the mudslide on the outskirts of Guatemala City. "Goodbye my beautiful!" one woman cried from the crowd.