The National, Monday 20th August, 2012
FOOD is expected to be delivered to people in the flood-affected areas of Finschhafen this week.
Finschhafen district manager Carl Baga, who was with a team of officials who visited the Mape bridge and surrounding areas on Friday, said the provincial disaster office would be sending food out to affected people as soon as possible.
Provincial administrator Kemasang Tomala was also with the government team to Finschhafen.
Baga said the Mape bridge, connecting out-lying villages to the main business centre at Gagidu, was no longer accessible by vehicle.
He said that people travelling by vehicle stop at each end of the bridge and have to cross on foot.
Baga said the survey team sent out to assess damage to food gardens at six villages near the Mape river would compile a report.
The Mape, Sikuang, Buang and Siko rivers in the Jabem-Mape local government areas were flooded following continuous torrential rain over the past weeks, with reports of homes and roads being damaged.
Baga said crops and other food gardens were also damaged extensively.
But he confirmed there were no reports of deaths in the flooding regarded as the worst in 20 years.
The provincial disaster office could not be reached yesterday for comments.