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June 22, 2021
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Flooding in Morobe destroys bridge, roads

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Works crew have begun building a  temporary bridge over a section of road  outside of Lae that was destroyed by  flooding on Saturday.   Up to 300 vehicles remain stranded on either side.

Passengers travelling to the highlands Madang and the airport have  been forced to  walk   to the other side  using a  makeshift bridge set up yesterday.

On the Lae side, nurses from Hagen who came for a weeklong symposium are also stranded.

“We came yesterday.  We couldn’t pass,” says  Michael Kawea, Director of Nursing at the  Mt. Hagen General Hospital.

Yesterday, materials for a temporary bridge were brought to the site.   But  Works Department  supervisors say,  it  will take another 48 hours before the final decking on the bridge is laid and vehicles are able to pass.

Further up the highway at Zumim, the Maniang River  broke its banks again on Saturday.   This  villages along the highway  have been   inundated by the flood waters.  The pavement on the roads  have been stripped by the  floods.  It will cost the works department more money for repairs.

The problematic  part of the highway is expected to cost the National Government several millions to resolve in the long term. 

 

 

 

 

 

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