By Benjamin Heribeths
The Loluai River, the biggest river in Buin, blocked the road for travellers all the way from Buin and Siwai, due to a heavy downpour.
The heavy rain also swept a small home with couple of houses in Wakunai. The road, which is so treacherous in Wakunai and Buin, delays the arrival of traveller at their destinations.
Passengers from nearby villages in the Kieta frontier were worried about what had happened and the current of the river was so strong that it swept away all the gravel until nothing was left but big stones that no vehicles can pass through.
Highway drivers spent time clearing a new route to avoid the blockade, but not before some passengers travelling to the airport missed their flight due to the natural blockade.
After one day the road was cleared and now vehicles returned to travel the route between Buin and Siwai.
One regular driver stated that the nearby villages must take extra precautions due to the fact that accidents can happened while they are asleep late at night.
“If the rain doesn’t stop we will have more trouble,” he said.
Drivers and the passengers were also worried that this treacherous road can lead to heavy car breakdowns, which are expensive to repair.
Changes to weather patterns and the climate is causing the inconveniences throughout Bougainville.
“We may raise concerns but it is beyond our limit to control the nature that comes in its own ways,” said one passenger.