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11,000 flood victims displaced, need help

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 3, 2012) - While Papua New Guinea celebrated the festive season on Christmas and New Year, Northern Province has been struggling with floods and high tides.

The on-going floods and rising sea levels has displaced villagers, forcing them to find shelter on higher ground.

Many of them are now running out of food and fresh water. Red Cross General Secretary Esmie Sinapa yesterday confirmed that initial assessment has put the number at 11,000 displaced and needing help.

Those affected are 10 villages in Mamba, Eia (three), Gira (nine) along the border of Northern and Morobe provinces, 18 villages in the Oro Bay Local level Government area and seven in Kokoda. Ms Sinapa said Red Cross was working round the clock to get relief supplies in.

Fear and concern for water borne diseases are high, as are those living with special needs. She said the villagers have been affected since November and the Red Cross moved in to carry out the assessment.

Red Cross will distributed,468 water containers, 1096 mosquito nets, 1985 hygiene kit for women, towels, and soap.

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