MORE than 900 education and health facilities in the Nipa-Kutubu district of Southern Highlands have been forced to close following Monday’s earthquake.
District planner Robin Tuna told The National of the extent of damage in the Nipa Kutubu area of the province.
“Extensive damage have been done to State properties including schools and health facilities,” Tuna said.
Means of communication have also been cut off. Five of the newly-build public servant quarters sank into the ground after the posts collapsed. The new Nipa Hospital building recently commissioned at a cost of K25 million was also badly damaged.
The two district administration buildings had their water tanks burst open.
Both buildings had cracks in the second floor and would be risky to live in. The SHP Technical College, Nipa Secondary School and nearby schools were badly damaged.
Reports from health facilities and schools in from the outlying LLGS and communities are yet to be received before full extent damages and costs could be estimated.
Three huge landslides buried five houses but no deaths were reported.
Nipa Kutubu MP Jeffery Komal told The National yesterday that teams had been dispatched into the district to assess the damage.
“All road access have been blocked by landslips,” he said.
Nipa Kutubu has a population of about 140,000. The National