Dramatic pictures from the Rai Coast in Madang show how recent floods have exposed and moved the Ramu nickel mine’s slurry pipeline.
The controversial pipeline has been frequently criticized for its poor construction and worries about its safety.
Recent heavy rain and floods have dug up and exposed about 200m of the previously buried pipeline where it crosses the Gawar river. The flood waters have then pushed the pipeline 5 meters across the ground, felling coconut trees.
The exposed pipeline is now resting just meters from the nearest hamlet and not far from the Rai Coast High School.
MCC, the Chinese company operating the Ramu mine, is now on site trying to coverup the pipeline with river silt.