7 Dec 2009

Disaster official says flooding in PNG's Oro Province manageable

8:36 pm on 7 December 2009

The provincial administration in Oro Province in Papua New Guinea has sent out four teams to assess the impact of flooding last week.

Some media reports have said that thousands urgently need relief supplies after several days of heavy rain washed away food gardens and roads.

But Martin Mose, the deputy director of the National Disaster Centre in Port Moresby, says the situation appears manageable.

He says one of the major problems is that a road bridge has been severely damaged, forcing local authorities to create a river ford.

Mr Mose says his office will wait to hear from the assessment teams before deciding what assistance it might provide to the provincial government.

Severe flooding in Oro Province two years ago claimed dozens of lives and much of the infrastructure destroyed then is yet to be repaired.