24 Aug 2005

Officials in PNG's Bougainville to discuss flooding

9:48 am on 24 August 2005

The executive of the Autonomous Bougainville Government is to meet today to consider how to cope with widespread flooding in the south of the main island of the Papua New Guinea province.

The Post Courier newspaper says about thirteen thousand people in Siwai in South Bougainville, and many more in Central Bougainville, are severely affected by flooding rivers and the continuing heavy rain.

The paper says hundreds in Siwai need help after food gardens and farm animals were washed away.

It says many people are already going hungry.

President Joseph Kabui says today's executive meeting is to brief leaders about the state of the region and to look at what can be done.