22 Jul 2014

Urgent needs in flood-affected PNG

7:48 pm on 22 July 2014

The Disaster Coordinator in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands Province says more money is needed in order to help up to 40 thousand people affected by recent heavy floods.

Martin Pat says villages have been swept away by landslides, food gardens lost, and houses and roads washed away by the floods that have killed at least four people.

Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands.

Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

He says the 82 thousand US dollar mobilisation fund released by the government is about to be exhausted and more money is needed to get basic supplies to affected areas.

"Most of all these funds were spent on the chopper hire, doing rapid assessments. And the other area that we are spending money is on food, because we need basic food like cooking oil, rice, noodles, a bit of protein like tinned fish, that kind of thing, to the most affected areas. You're looking - out of the five electorates - four electorates were affected one way or another, either by landslide or flooding."

Martin Pat says the heavy rain hasn't eased, which is making it difficult to reach a lot of remote villages.