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Markham River Threatens Village Livelihood

Ngarome villagers in the Nasuapum area in Morobe face a threat of having their villages washed away by the Markham River.

The River has washed away a large portion of land, as well as a couple of houses, and the villager’s gardens.

Dickson Ferea, a village elder said, their village, as well as the main highway, is under threat.

“We are always alert to move further in,” said Ferea.

The Markham River’s course diverted towards the Nasuapum area and started eroding the banks since July last year, with more than 10 metres of the land mass being washed away already.

Last week, the river eroded about two more metres of the banks, getting nearer to the village.

Mr Ferea said, once the river hits the village, it will only be a matter of time before the river reaches the main Okuk Highway.

The villagers are now calling on the authorities to address this threat before its too late.

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