13 Nov 2014

Slip stops traffic on PNG's Highlands Highhway

7:37 pm on 13 November 2014

Traffic into parts of Southern Highlands Province and all of Hela Province in Papua New Guinea has been disrupted by a major landslide.

The slip at Onja village in Poroma is the second major blow in a month to the region which is home to several hundred thousand people.

Late last month, traffic came to a standstill after a bridge collapse near Nipa station.

The Post Courier reports the Poroma slip on Wednesday was massive, cutting off the Highlands Highway from Mendi into the Nipa-Kutubu and Hela Province.

It says reports it has say food gardens and houses were destroyed but no lives had been lost.

Hela Province, Papua New Guinea Highlands.

Hela Province, Papua New Guinea Highlands. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades