Papua New Guinea: Floods and Landslides - Information Bulletin n° 1

Summary

Heavy rainfall since November 2012 has resulted in floods and landslides affecting homes, properties, vegetation, gardens, water sources and infrastructure. Thousands of people are affected in several provinces. The PNGRCS has undertaken initial assessments and are distributing relief goods.

The situation
The cyclone season that usually occurs on November – April every year in PNG has major impact on the lives of many people. These heavy rainfalls result in floods and landslides affecting homes, properties, food gardens, vegetation, water source and infrastructure for basic services. This season is no exception. Continuous rains have caused severe flooding and landslides in some areas throughout the country. It is predicted by the National Weather Office that the rains will continue until the end of May 2013.
Estimates from a range of sources indicate that up to 35,000 people might be affected. To date, the PNGRCS has been able to reach 630 people with a range of relief items and is rapidly increasing the distributions.

Oro Province – Large scale flooding in November 2012 to present
The widespread flooding in Oro Province since November 2012 continues in 2013. Areas severely affected include Oro Bay, Kokoda, Mamba, Gira, Eia, Waria, Tufi, Musa (Karaisowu, Karaiso, Foru and Guruguru) and especially coastal villages and communities located at the mouth of the Major Rivers Girua, Mamba, Gira, Eia, Embogu, Kumusi, Ope and others.

About 27,000 people were affected as per the Provincial Administration Report. A total of 21 houses were washed away by the flood. Food gardens, cash crops and cemeteries are inundated with flood water.
Water sources have been contaminated by mud and debris and the likely outbreak of waterborne diseases and malaria is high at water-logged areas.