13 Mar 2006

Heavy rain near PNG capital causes flooding

2:18 pm on 13 March 2006

Floodwaters caused by heavy weekend rains in Papua New Guinea have washed away riverside dwellings, wiped out food gardens and killed livestock in villages near the capital Port Moresby.

The downpours caused the Laloki River just outside the city to burst its banks and sweep away several houses.

Residents of the settlements known as 14 Mile and 15 Mile were forced to scramble to safety on higher ground.

No one was reported lost but residents say dozens of domestic animals were washed away and riverside food gardens devastated.