BREAKING: 4 Dead in Morobe after floods wash away houses

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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.

Scott Waide

is the Lae Bureau Chief and began his career with EMTV in 1997 as a News and Sports Reporter and Anchor and has been a media professional for over 19 years. Having previously worked as a Producer and Researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Port Moresby Bureau, he is a recipient of multiple awards including the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize in 2005 in Iran for best news feature, the Pacific Island News Association Award and the Divine Word University Media Freedom Award.

Scott Waide

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