Drought Emergency in Papua New Guinea
Posted by feww on September 7, 2015
Deadly drought and frost kill crops, cause severe food shortages in PNG and Guatemala
An urgent call for help has been made from the Papua New Guinea province of Madang which has been badly affected by drought and frost.
Reports say up to 80 percent of the province has been affected, with food gardens destroyed by frost and streams running dry.
At least 1.8 million people have been affected by drought and frost in the Highlands region of PNG. Drought and frost have destroyed crops, and several schools and health facilities have been forced to close due to water shortages, said ACAPS.
“Guina said the National Disaster Centre had not received any reports of people being displaced but unconfirmed reports from Chimbu said that at least 14 people had died. In another area of the province, an unconfirmed report said five people had died,” said a report.
Severe drought in Guatemala has led to a deterioration of food security, with about a million people facing acute food shortages, mainly due to reduced harvest. More than 900,000 people have no food stocks left, according to ACAPS.