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May 16, 2021
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Flood victims in Western Province call for help

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by Jim John

HUNDREDS of people stranded by high flooding in Kaviananga village in the Middle Fly District of Western Province are calling for help.

Affected residents say the impacts are worse at this time and they need more relief supplies.

Since the rainy season began in February, more than 100 people are being treated for diarrhea, malaria, snake bites and dengue fever respectively in Obo health centre.

And more than 8 people have been displaced by floods.

According to Officer in charge of Obo Health Centre Junlai Nawalin, residents are doing what they can to help themselves.

Those who are displaced are gathering available household items, and using dugout canoes or dinghies in search for higher grounds.

More than 5 rivers and lakes crisscrossing Fly river delta system have flooded causing people fled to safety.

He says floods as high as 2 meters deep have covered most of their gardens, roads, canteens, sago trees, toilets, fresh drinking wells and low built houses.

Those affected are being traumatized and are calling for help.

OIC Junlai Nawalin says so far there have been deaths and villagers are in dire need of fresh drinking waters and food supplies.

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