Heavy rain affects city

National, Normal

The National, Thursday October 17th, 2013


UNUSUALLY high rainfall from late last week in Morobe has caused widespread floods, affecting communities, causing havoc on roads in Lae and disrupting classes in the city.

Morobe’s only meteorologist Tale Yusit reported “very high rainfalls” starting last Friday registering 98mm followed by 82mm on Monday and another 76mm yesterday.  

Flooding on the Highlands Highway along the Miles areas outside Lae city, saw two badly flooded sections, 5-Mile and 9-Mile next to the market. 

The debris that came with the flood waters clogged culverts at the two sections, causing an overspill that damaged road surfaces.

The deluge yesterday persisted until midday, causing long queues in the industrial capital.

 Floods and soggy conditions forced many city schools to suspend classes since Monday.

Others that continued had to relent yesterday during the deluge and sent their students home.

Along the highway hundreds of children walked home. A community of about 3,000 people in the city suffered when flash floods hit their settlements on Monday night.

That was the case at a church-run elementary school at Eriku.