8 Jun 2010

Two children swept to their deaths by floods in PNG's Central Province

9:31 pm on 8 June 2010

Reports from Papua New Guinea say two children have drowned and six people are still missing in Central Province after heavy rain wreaked havoc on coastal villages at the weekend.

Provincial disaster officials told the newspaper, The National, the bodies of a seven-year-old girl and her two-year-old brother were recovered among debris along the flooded Veimauri River.

Their mother had also been swept away by flood waters but was found alive by villagers.

Officials say the search continues for the six missing people.

They say six houses were swept away by the flooding river, which also destroyed food gardens.

The police have assured people in the area that shelter, clothing and food will be dispatched from Port Moresby.