9 Sep 2014

Floods a health concern in PNG

3:38 pm on 9 September 2014

The provincial government in Papua New Guinea's Gulf Province has been blamed for a lack of response to flooding in Kikori.

The PNG Post Courier reports the month-long rain and floods have destroyed 20 villages and affected more than 40,000 people.

The Kikori Gas Pipeline Landowners Association chairman, Mark Sarong, says there's little effort by the provincial government disaster relief office to attend to affected people.

Mr Sarong also charged the multinational companies involved in the LNG Project to reciprocate by reacting quickly to natural disasters and coordinating their efforts through the provincial government.

The Post Courier reports that evacuation of people from lower areas to higher ground is still ongoing.

Heavy rain in Papua New Guinea.

Heavy rain in Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades