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December 2, 2021
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Morobe Flood Damage Assessments Start

Updates are starting to pour in from seven districts in Morobe Province that have been affected by heavy rain and flooding two weeks ago.

Isolated communities with no  cellphone coverage have been  among  the most affected.

The Provincial government says the repair cost for the damaged infrastructure could go beyond 9 million kina.

A bridge  at the headwaters of the Busu bridge the only link to the Nawaeb District is one of several important  links  in the Morobe Province destroyed by flooding two weeks ago.

Vehicles traveling to the Nawaeb District cannot  travel over the bridge.  Works engineers say the bridge is still unstable.

The Provincial Government has spent  close to K2 milliion to buy additional parts to repair the  bridge.

At 11 mile, another temporary bridge was built after  the  road section of cut off by  two nights of heavy rain on the 13th and the 14th .

The National Works Department is still workingbon costs related to bridge replacements and emergency repairs.

In Finchhafen,  14 houses  as well as several bridges  have been washed away. Several families have been displaced by the flooding. The Provincial Disaster Office will send  relief supplies to  the areas affected.

On Thursday, Morobe Governor Kelly Naru and Disaster officers travelled to  Lababia Island off the Morobe Coast.   More than 20 houses were swept away  on the night of the 14th.

A landslide  caused the river to break its banks and flood the village.

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