PARTS OF AVI BLOCK UNDER WAHGI RIVER FLOODS
By WANPIS AKO
Parts of Avi Block in Jiwaka’s Anglimp-South Wahgi District are under flood waters.
Flood waters of the mighty Waghi River have been wrecking havoc on 600 Avi block residents for more than three months.
Heavy rain and soil erosion have helped to worsen the destruction.
It has affected more than 600 block residents whose lives are at the risk.
It has burst its banks yet again.
This time, it has changed its direction into the block in Jiwaka’s Anglimp-South Wahgi District.
The change of river’s direction has posed lives of block residents at risk with food gardens, roads, houses and cash crops destroyed.
Sketchy report show livestocks and houses washed away.
Locals say flood waters have affected 30 blocks comprising of 600 people.
Representatives from Helti and Wariki tribes have expressed concerns that if authorities continue to turn blind eye, many will die of starvation than Covid-19 pandemic.
Importantly, they are calling on local authorities to intervene to restore the river’s course.
They extended their concern they would starve or the flood waters would expose them to water-borne diseases.
Video footages and pictures they shared with PNG Sun show food gardens and cash crops covered by flood waters.
Additionally, flood waters also covered roads making vehicles find it hard to drive through.
They told us that it had been happening for three months and was continuing into its fourth month.
They are calling on their local MP Joe Kuli to step in with relief supplies and with machineries to divert the river’s course back to its original state.