21 Sep 2012

Disaster official in PNG says Southern Highlands flooding impacts under control

6:29 pm on 21 September 2012

The manager of Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Office says impacts from flooding in Southern Highlands Province are now under control.

Martin Mose says bridge-building is making good progress over the Yalo river, which broke after a landslide in which three school children were killed last week.

He says the Government has heeded calls and has released 239 thousand US dollars through the National Disaster Centre for the most affected communities.

He says a positive side is that many crop gardens that were originally thought to be ruined seem to be saved.

Mr Mose says Government work teams have been sent to the region to ensure the aid funds are properly distributed.

"Right now the province has deployed work teams to actually go out and ensure the assistance is reaching those who would be mostly requiring it. If I could put it this way, the province is pretty much under control at this stage."