Flooding in the lower Wautut area of the Morobe province has killed four people while three others are still missing.
The flood victims are from Pararura village, several kilometres from Lae City.
Watut Local Level Government President, Waka Daimon, told EMTV News that four bodies were recovered earlier today and that government officials and villagers are still searching for the missing.
“Flooding happened at 7pm last night and four houses were washed away, “Daimon said.
“All those missing are from one family.”
“They include two women, one toddler, a teenager and one male adult.”
Heavy rains that began over the weekend have continued over 24 hours causing many small rivers and their tributaries to break their break their banks.
Reports of the Watut deaths are the first since heavy rains began in Morobe Province.
Flooding has also severed the 11-mile section of the highlands Highway.
A bridge over the Busu river linking the inland areas of the Nawaeb District has also been severely damaged preventing vehicle access.