9 Dec 2003

PNG city of Wewak without power for nearly a week

3:10 pm on 9 December 2003

The regional capital of Papua New Guinea's East Sepik province has been without power or water for almost a week because of problems with electrical supplies.

One of the two working generators owned by PNG power in Wewak has blown up.

Businesses in the city, which is home to about twenty thousand people, have been told to use their own stand by generators, but the Waterboard and health services have been told to put up with the problem.

The National newspaper says it's hoped that staff to repair the generator can be flown in this week.

An officer at the PNG Waterboard in Wewak says they can no longer provide safe drinking water