Friday, 12 December 2008 4:59 AM

Update: Tidal Wave Disaster in PNG Spreading

The disaster caused by the king tide that struck parts of Papua New Guinea is spreading causing more devastation and displacing more people.

According to Post Courier Online, 'the director of the National Disaster Office Martin Mose confirmed the number of people displaced had risen to 50,000 and 'the number could be higher as reports from other provinces have not yet reached them'.

'Mr Mose said the confirmed reported numbers of people displaced were New Ireland 20,000, 24 outer islands in Manus 20,000 while 5500 are homeless in the Bougainville Atoll communities of Mortlock, Carterets, Tasman'.

According to the report, Mr. Mose stated that the latest to be added to the list of devastated as of 2pm Wednesady "was Morobe Province with houses in Wasu (LLG), Sialum LLG and Siassi LLG completely washed away".

'Mr Mose said the figures could be much higher but there were communication difficulties with provinces like East Sepik, Madang and all outer islands both in Manus and other provinces'.