PNG's Highland Highway Greatly Impacted By Continuous Heavy Rain

Traffic through Eastern Highlands and Chimbu provinces very challenging

By Pearson Kolo

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 6, 2017) – Continuous heavy rain in the highlands, especially in the Eastern Highlands and Chimbu province are greatly affecting the highlands highway.

Many landslips have been reported in Kassam Pass, Younkii, Daulo and Watabung this which will has really affected the flow of traffic and movement of the general commuters.

On Tuesday a huge landslip in Watabung near the border of EHP and Chimbu stopped traffic for more than 7 hours before it was cleared to allow vehicles to pass through.

Eastern highlands Provincial Police Commander Chief Superintendent Alex N’Drasal who has dispatched police patrol along the highlands highway cautioned drivers to take extra care when driving along the highlands highway especially during these rainy seasons.

Supt N’Drasal deployed a police unit to Watabung on Tuesday to clear locals who gathered and started collecting money from the commuters.

"The highlands highway is a national highway and no one is allowed to unnecessarily patch up holes and claim money or no one is also allowed to disturb the travelling public when there is a road block," Supt N’Drasal said.

According to the PPC, the Works Department has moved in to clear to blocked section at Watabung on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the heavy rains are also creating potholes and other damages to the highlands highway.

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