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May 18, 2021
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Lae-Madang Highway Cut Off

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By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Hundreds of PMV operators and passengers are stranded on sections of the Lae-Madang Highway.

This follows parts of the national highway being washed away on Friday night, following heavy rain in Madang.

The affected areas include Omea, Assass and Kesewai.

These pictures received by EMTV News show parts of the Lae- Madang Highway, which were destroyed in the recent floods.

The Omea Bridge was washed away making it difficult for vehicles to travel across the river below.

The floods have also destroyed food gardens and water sources for villagers in the Usino-Bundi electorate.

The Lae-Madang Highway is an important road that links Morobe and Madang to the Highlands provinces.

Last year, continuous rain also washed away the same section of the highway.

The travelling public was forced to spend extra money in order to transport their goods; and betelnut vendors and PMV operators recorded a fall in their regular income. 

The bridges that were rebuilt in March 2015 were destroyed again last night.

Usino-Bundi District works officers are now on the scene to assess the situation.

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