No drainage causes more damage by floods

National, Normal

The National – Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CONTINUOUS heavy rains over the weekend have caused flooding at Poulie Block in Moresby North-east suburb of Erima, destroying gardens and other properties.
Community spokesperson Jacob Krai informed The National that properties such as a trade store, a poultry, a piggery and some houses were destroyed by the floods.
“We wrote to Moresby Northeast MP Andrew Mald sometime ago to help us build a proper drainage system beside the block but that plea was not attended to.
“The current drainage was formed out of natural causes and when it rains, water just flows according to how the drain is carved by the flow of the water.
“Some of the gardens have been completely wiped out and our properties have been destroyed.
“I lost all my chickens and this has really affected my family because I sell chickens to make extra money,” Krai said.
Krai said that two pigs were carried away by the floods and a trade store had lost all its goods during the heavy downpour.
“The Poulie Block has a mixture of Papua New Guineans living together and have all been affected by the floods.
“We are calling on our good MP Andrew Mald and NCD Governor Powes Parkop to help us fix this drainage situation or it shall continue to endanger our livelihood,” he added.