5 Mar 2013

Chronic water shortages in PNG's Western Highlands Province

11:44 am on 5 March 2013

Local Communities in living along the Komun River in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province are experiencing chronic fresh water shortages as the river continues to flood.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the river burst its banks again last week as crop gardens and animals were washed away.

More than 5,000 people rely on the river for basic living needs.

Since the river burst its banks in January, several organisations such as the Red Cross have come to deliver aid, additional to government relief funds and supplies.

However, local villages say food shortages are becoming critical.

Willagers also fear a malaria outbreak after several children were diagnosed with fever at the local health facilities.