UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Sea swells have flooded parts of the Pacific Rim island nation of Papua New Guinea, affecting at least 60,000 people, U.N. officials said Tuesday.
The United Nations said in a news release issued at its New York headquarters that about 34,000 people are in need of immediate help. The international organization said a six-member disaster team is to arrive in the capital of Port Moresby Wednesday to assess the situation.
The swells, which began Dec. 8, destroyed houses, crops and water supplies in eight provinces, the United Nations said. The high waters, generated by strong storms, are expected to continue through Friday, ReliefWeb.com reported.
Main needs identified by the government include water containers, tarpaulins, water purification tablets, food rations and insecticide-treated anti-malarial bed nets.
The Web site cited the Papua New Guinea Red Cross as saying at least 75,300 people are displaced with an estimated 416 houses destroyed.