By Fidelis Sukina – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Imagine living near the smell of sewerage and having no choice but to accept it, however horrid it is.
The residents of Imaina Street, Hohola Four are living testimonies of having to live next to a blocked sewerage main which overflows and is posing a health risk.
They are searching for a permanent fix to the problem, but so far have had only short-term solutions done by Eda Ranu.
The sewerage flows over and splashes on the ground, the smell is just unbearable. It has flowed this way for the past three years. Four sewerage mains along the Hohola Four area are blocked.
The overflow all lead to an old drainage system which flows down to Hohola Two, before ending its journey just adjacent to the new Star Mountain Plaza.
The other main concern is the backflow of sewerage back into the household sewage system, and that finds its way out the toilets, shower drainage, and out the kitchen sink and spews over on to the floor, the residents of this property belonging to Jan Koisen in section 399 Lot 5, go through the areas where the sewage usually spews out from, causing major health problems to the families living in the houses.
The residents say almost 8 houses are affected, but the waste in the sewerage belongs to more than 100 people.
And when it flows down the length of the drainage, it is just a matter of time before there is some kind of a health outbreak in the area, and for the guest and people that will be working in the Star Mountain Hotel and the new Building where the drain flows between its properties.
Eda Ranu has been coming and pumping out excess sewerage waste, the waste that dries up and builds mounds on the main, but they cannot find a long-term fix to the problem.
Continuous follow-ups to Eda Ranu for a long-term fix has been dragging on, and their lives are continuously at risk.
They are calling on the Member for Moresby North West, Sir Mekere Morauta and NCD Governor Powes Parkop, to intervene as the residents have no choice but to become resilient to the stench, and accustomed to the sewerage that flows among their homes.