Several children have been reported killed as heavy rain in the highlands of Papua New Guinea causes flooding and landslides.
Reports say a landslide near Mendi, in Southern Highlands province, buried three children.
The incident and several other landslides followed several days of heavy rain.
Martin Mose, from the National Disaster Centre, says swollen rivers have damaged at least six bridges, leaving tens of thousands of people isolated.
"It's the infrastructure that is causing great concern right now," he said.
"They've been destroyed."
Mr Mose says authorities are still trying to assess the scale of the damage.
He says the National Executive Council is expected to meet soon to release funds to respond to the situation.
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17:25 EST With lots of talk about the cracker start to the grain growing season, there are plenty of farmers who've missed out on that precious rain.