More Than 2,000 Displaced By Floods In PNG Highlands

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Kim River bursts banks, destroys Kum bridge

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 21, 2013) – More than 2,000 people living along the Kum River near Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, lost food gardens and domestic animals when the river burst its banks and flooded the area last Thursday night.

People from the Moge Komnuka and Kuipe clans, and those in settlements along the river, were affected.

The flood destroyed part of the Kum bridge as well.

Francis Kot, a member of the Komkui community, said people in the area had faced similar disasters for more than 20 years but the government had never extended a helping hand to them.

"The flood destroyed our food gardens and properties – starting from Warakum and towards Dobel," Kot said.

"This is a terrible disaster and I appeal to the government, the national and provincial disaster offices to provide help because we are always left out when it comes to disaster relief support."

Kot said the flooding hit them at about 10pm when most people were at home.

Many people left their homes that night.

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