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December 7, 2021
Emergency Featured News Papua New Guinea

Landslide and Floods Destroy Homes in Lababia, Morobe

The Morobe Provincial Disaster Office has begun moving relief supplies to Lababia  Island  along the Morobe  coast  which has been affected by flooding.

Rains last week triggered a landslide and  subsequent flooding which washed away  more than 20 houses and contaminated  water supplies.

Morobe Governor,  Kelly Naru  and the Director of the Disaster Center, Charlie Masange travelled to the  island to assess the damages.

The Governor after seeing the damages was prompted to question the national governments investing alot of money on the imminent APEC forum.

From the air,  you can see the extent of the  damage caused by the landslide on Lababia island.  Two days  of rain on the 13th  and 14th October, caused several landslides.

The biggest landslide happened near the main village. It blocked off the natural channel of the river creating a dam.

When the  dam broke, the water  swept through the village, washing away  several houses,  including a house belonging to a teacher.  It also damaged a partially built double classroom as well as the village’s water supply.

Lababia Island off the Morobe coast  is relatively isolated. Many of the people live along the scenic portion of the island instead of the sheltered rocky  part  that faces the mainland.

The landslide and the flood were unexpected.

Last week, the Works department  opened a temporary bridge at the 11 mile section in Lae. The Bridge was washed away on the same night when Lababia was hit  by the flood.

But even this bridge is being threatened by the new round of  bad weather.

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