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December 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM
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The National Disaster Centre has reiterated calls for coastal communities to take extra precaution between this week and middle of next month.

This is because this is Spring tides season, or what is commonly referred to as "king tides" occurring throughout the country, The National reports.

National Disaster Centre (NDC) acting director Martin Mose said spring tides were expected throughout PNG coastal waters from next Wednesday until Jan 14.

"Therefore, coastal communities should take extra precaution during this period,"  Mose warned.

NDC chairman Manasupe Zurenuoc said the National Weather Service (NWS) had advised that late December and early January was when high tides would be higher and low tides lower.

NWS assistant director Jimmy Gomoga warned in a letter to NDC that tides would reach a high of 2.5m starting at the PNG-Indonesian border right down to the islands of Milne Bay province.

The tides were expected to rise to a high of 1.5m along the north coast and the New Guinea Islands, including Bougainville.

"The current weather situation did not indicate any storm surges or waves affecting coastlines of PNG, however, spring or king tides were expected to occur from Jan 7-14," Gomoga stated.

Mr Zurenuoc also urged people in the maritime provinces to ignore rumours of another round of sea swell and reminded them to take extra precaution while celebrating the New Year.

He said it had been over two weeks since the sea swells struck and life was picking up in most of the provinces hit.

Restoration and reconstruction activities had started including housing the homeless, restoring basic infrastructure such as roads, health centres and water supply systems.

The National Government had announced a K50 million [US$19.4 million] funding to assist those affected by the tidal surge.

Bilateral partners and donors also poured in humanitarian aid and financial assistance.

From Bougainville to Wewak, Madang, Manus and New Ireland, the total cost of damages by the sea surge is still being assessed.

This time last year, Cyclone Guba brought torrential rain and unleashed flood that devastated Oro province, leaving the Government hundreds of millions of kina in damage bill.

Damaged infrastructure like roads, bridges and wharves were undergoing reconstruction.

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