February 7, 2016
Canstruct staff are working flat out in Oro Province, PNG to assist the Disaster Relief operations after major flooding that started last Wednesday 3 February. A massive amount of water has flooded the majority of the rivers in the whole province, and several temporary bridges and existing river crossings have been destroyed by the flooding. All local flights have been cancelled making access around the province extremely difficult.
The four permanent Canstruct bridges that are under construction are still standing tall – despite being incomplete. This is a testament to the design and construction by Canstruct.
Canstruct crew are working around the clock to assist in any way they can. Approximately 75 Canstruct crew have been mobilised to assist with disaster relief including: Building of wet crossings; emergency road works; and helping commute two seriously ill patients from the Oro Hospital to Popondetta Hospital.
Unfortunately all the rivers flooded again last night, Sunday 7 Feb and most of the (just completed) wet crossings were washed out again. The crossing at Girua is very dangerous and many people are risking their lives (and the lives of the children) by wading across. Canstruct have decided as an emergency measure to allow temporary pedestrian crossing on the footpath of the Canstruct Bridge until the river subsides.
On Sunday 7 February, our Community Liaison Manager Des Gwilliams received an urgent call from Mildred Laksen, who manages the Oro Bay Hospital. Two of her patients urgently needed emergency treatment and had to be transferred to Popondetta General Hospital.
Canstruct workers at Girua escorted and secured two patients, one in an ambulance and the other travelling by Canstruct Land Cruiser. The Canstruct crew had to help with the stretcher and make sure that the patients, doctors, nurses and family members got across the Girua Bridge safely. There was a mother with a new born baby and also a little boy, who was on a drip and in a critical condition.
Once across the Bridge, Project Manager Kris Beard and the Canstruct crew ensured that the patients and their attendants travelled safely in a Canstruct troop carrier to Popendetta.