Flood victims call for help

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday November 6th, 2013


HUNDREDS of people in Anglimp, Jiwaka have been affected by flooding that washed away a portion of the road at Kerpai village.

Pastor William Paulus said vehicles and passengers were stranded on either side of village. People travelling to Mt Hagen had to walk across to catch buses on other side.

He said the Tuman River burst its banks following heavy rain in the past few days.

People were running short of food because their food gardens were under water, he added.

Paulus and Daniel Kom said yesterday the Tuman River had always caused problems during the rainy season.

The river destroyed a portion of the Kindeng-Roglomp road,  cutting off their access to goods and services. 

“The Tuman River is a threat to our lives. It destroys our food gardens that we depend on to survive,’’ Paulus said. 

“We are subsistence farmers and depend entirely on garden food. We don’t know where to get food from.”

Paulus said that it would take a long time and effort to get back to normal. 

He urged Anglimp-South Waghi MP Joe Koim to help them and build a new road.