PASSENGERS FERRIED ACROSS FLOODED AGEVAIRU BRIDGE

“Buses and PMV’s travelling from Port Moresby have to stop on the other side and offload passengers as locals ferry passengers across the other side and bring across passengers coming from Kerema”

Vehicles travelling to and from the Hiritano Highway have stopped with passengers ferried across by small dinghies and canoes at the Agevairu Bridge.  

A local at Agevairu Gideon Mori said all vehicles including PMV trucks have stopped at the Agevairu Bridge as passengers are ferried across by dinghies and canoes.

“Buses and PMV’s travelling from Port Moresby have to stop on the other side and offload passengers as locals ferry passengers across the other side and bring across passengers coming from Kerema”, Mori said.  

“Flood has affected Iduidu, Uka Ukana and Koupona and parts of Gabadi and Hisiu villages leaving them without food supplies”, Mori said.

Mori said due to the heavy rains, food gardens have been destroyed by floods with people appealing to families in Port Moresby for assistance.  He said more people are now looking for higher grounds to camp until the flood go down.  He said so far no casualties have been reported from the affected villages.

Meanwhile, Gulf province recorded one death with over 10 houses destroyed in East Kerema LLG following strong winds, rain and flooding.

Gulf Provincial Police Commander Silva Sika said there are more casualties but have not been reported as yet.   He urged people in the province to take extra precautions when out travelling at sea or on the roads for fallen trees and debris.

 

Pictures Sourced: John Jakes Oa (FACEBOOK)  

By Tom KILAVI
January 8, 2019