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11/26/2007

Further flooding imminent

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA -
Further flooding from next month to February is possible in parts of the country due to heavy rainfall, the National Weather Service predicted. The continuous rainfall is due to the development of La Nina over the Pacific Ocean. The Port Moresby Weather office recorded 430mm of rainfall for this month, which is 147mm more than the last HIGHEST RECORD OF NOVEMBER RAIN in 1973. The high rainfall this month means that this year may go on to be the wettest year that Port Moresby has experienced.

Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea's flood-ravaged Oro Province
are warning people to avoid unexploded wartime bombs and shells uncovered by surging waters. The province was the scene of vicious fighting between Australian and Japanese troops in World War II. Unexploded bombs and shells lie buried in the war zone. The death toll from the flooding has passed 170. Thousands of villagers were left homeless after heavy rains associated with tropical cyclone Guba lashed the province, sending torrents of water and uprooted trees down the rivers. No major disease outbreaks had been reported, but injured people in remote areas need to be evacuated to hospitals and cases of diarrhoea were rising.
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