By PILA WASU
TWO people are reportedly missing in the Cenaka area and an old man was covered by a massive landslide caused by heavy rain and more than 120,000 people in Bialla district have been cut from reaching Kimbe after the Yamule river bursts its banks causing its flows to a different direction and this has also forced traffic to come to a halt.
People bound to Kimbe were forced to turn back and trucks were stranded on either sides of the river.
And in the Hoskins area traffic was forced to stop on either side for more than eight hours after the Koo Creek overflooded the bridge with debris blocking off the bridge.
In Kimbe town, two houses with live stock including five pigs, 24 chickens and food gardens were completely washed away by the San Remo Creek and this number is expected to increase as heavy down pour continues in the province.
An inspection by this reporter yesterday afternoon at different parts of the town and Hoskins areas confirmed that most of the houses were covered with water and residents were forced to move their households to safe locations.
Two local leaders from the Cenaka area in the Bialla district told reported that two elderly couple did not return home on Sunday afternoon and a search party was organized and send to the bush help locate them.
Leaders Boas Mateo and John Kaule said the couple had gone to their garden on the other side of Bilomi river but did not return home that afternoon. They said the party would not do much as the river was muddy and flooded. "If the couple do not return today (Tuesday) then we will know that they may have been drown" the leaders said.
This would not be confirmed by the disasters officials, as they were yet to get reports from the people on the ground. When connected to this paper, an officer who wish to remain anonymous said they were yet to get reports from the area and would not confirm how many human lives were lost, he said a lot of damage has been done by the rain in the last couple of days and they were working around the clock to establish some figures, only then the media will be informed, he said.
Meanwhile six people including two children were reported missing between Bali island and Bulu Dava in the Talasea area. A man identified only as Benjamin from Buludava told this paper that two dead bodies of a male and a female were found near Buludava beach. He said the body of the male was washed offshore to the beach while the female body was drifted on the boat.
Benjamin said four others including the two children are still missing and a search party has been dispatched to the area. The two bodies have been brought to the Kimbe General Hospital and a post mortem will be conducted to verify the cause of their death.