Region 8 flood waters recedes as residents count losses


As flooding recedes in Region 8 after the overtopping of several rivers in the area, residents are now counting their losses as the situation still remains grim. The Civil Defence Commission and the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) have shuttle food and drinking supplies but some items are still needed.

The APA reported that the water has receded overnight in Chenapou and continues to drop.

“The weather is on their side at this time with plenty sunshine. We pray that it continues this way. At normal level the river is at least 20 feet lower than the current level. APA visited to deliver more supplies and to get more information on the ground,” the APA noted in an update.

Reports coming in from Kanapang indicate that the water has started to come up again in the Ireng area and it is was raining heavily yesterday afternoon in that area. Ten houses in the community were damaged, five of which were completely destroyed. The impact of the flood however was felt most in Kaibarupai, where 22 houses were washed away and another 26 are under water.

There have been no reports of increase in water-borne or other flood-related illnesses in any of the flood affected communities in Region 8. The major concerns of that village are the condition of the road between Kanapang and Itabac, which remains damaged and impassable to vehicles; the availability of potable water and the resumption of classes at the school since the school is being used as a shelter for residents who have been displaced as a result of the flood.

Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, on Sunday, visited the villages of Itabac and Kanapang in the Region where he assured the residents that the Government will use every resource at its disposal to restore normalcy in the communities after the recent flooding, which will range from the restoration of livelihoods to the rebuilding of homes. Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Ms. Valerie Garrido-Lowe visited Chenapau, Kaibarupai and the other affected villages.

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