PNG Landslide Cuts Off 20,000 Residents

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School supplies flown in, not expected to close

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March 20, 2015) – A landslide has cut off a road which more than 20,000 people in Upper Jimi, Jiwaka, use.

The landslide cut off the road at Wara Bintz.

Jimi High School in Kol faces closure, headmaster John Kamb says.

He said they had to fly in school supplies, which was expensive. But they had to keep the school operating.

Kamb said the road served the people in Upper Jimi plus Government and church-run institutions.

He said people used the road to transport their cash crops to Banz Town. He is calling on the Jiwaka provincial government to fix the road so that they do not have to close the school.

"I am calling on the provincial government to help us with plane charters so we can ferry in the school’s rations," he said.

Locals in the area reported that several homes and food gardens were destroyed.

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