28 Jun 2004

PNG capital area gets massive drenching

3:20 pm on 28 June 2004

The Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, is trying to recover from unusually heavy rain that left a 10-year old boy dead.

More than 300 millimetres of rain - the second highest monthly rainfall on record - drenched the National Capital District during the past four days.

This caused power blackouts throughout the city as trees fell on power lines, motor vehicles and homes.

Water supply has been disrupted because the raw water treatment plant at Mount Eriama could not take in water from the flooded Laloki River.

All outdoor sporting fixtures were cancelled because of flooded fielded rains.

The National Weather Service says this June may become the wettest month on record since monthly rainfall recordings for Port Moresby started in 1875.