PNG floods close schools and roads, more deaths reported

3:21 pm on 16 February 2016

Police in Papua New Guinea have revealed a mother and her baby and a young girl died when they were buried in a landslide which hit a village in Chimbu on Friday.

The National reports the three were inside a house from which several others had managed to escape.

There were reports at the weekend of another six deaths as a result of the floods.

Eleven schools in parts of Jiwaka province remained closed because of landslides caused by flooding.

The Post Courier said the bad weather had affected more than 27,000 people.

In West New Britain traffic flow was returning to normal between Bialla and Kimbe after a bridge was washed away.

Several other bridges there had also been damaged.

The Chimbu police commander, superintendent Albert Beli, said a section of the Highlands Highway had also been affected by landslides.

The National newspaper also reports the national weather service warning that widespread rains can be expected until the end of next month, and that they are the normal monsoonal rains for this time of year.