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01 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015

Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.

01 Sep 2015 description

Up to two million people in the country may be affected by the current drought and frost conditions, National Disaster Committee chairman Dickson Guina says.

Updating the drought situation Guina said: “The El Nino-induced drought and frosts have resulted in crop failure, low crop yields and, of course, water shortage in most of our communities and towns throughout Papua New Guinea.

“The actual number of affected population will be known at the completion of rapid assessments in two weeks.

01 Sep 2015 description

The United Nations system in Papua New Guinea says coping with a drought, expected to last into next year, will be a real challenge.

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31 Aug 2015 description

The Papua New Guinea National Disaster office may go to its highest alert level, category 5, after unconfirmed reports of five deaths due to drought and frost in Chimbu Province.

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27 Aug 2015 description
report Insecurity Insight

Agency Reports and Open Source Data

Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.

27 Aug 2015 description

As of 12 August, PNG’s National Weather Service (NWS) has determined that the El Niño has fully developed and it will continue to strengthen and expected to last until March 2016 with its intensity being likely to peak in September 2015. NWS expects the current El Niño’s effect to surpass the 1997/98 El Niño event that adversely impacting approximately 3 million people.

27 Aug 2015 description

A specialist in PNG agriculture and food says the drought gripping the country will place a range of strains on many people.

The drought currently gripping Papua New Guinea is shaping up to be more severe than the last such drought in the country in 1997.

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27 Aug 2015 description

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has visited areas affected by drought and frosts as the government deploys almost US$9 million in relief funds to affected parts.

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27 Aug 2015 description

Lawyers representing asylum seekers whose bids for refugee status have been rejected on Manus Island will return to court today seeking a permanent injunction on deportation.

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26 Aug 2015 description

Police in Papua New Guinea's Hela province have set up camp in the remote settlement of Tari to try and stop tribal warfare between the Erepe and Tapaya clans.

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25 Aug 2015 description

Office of the Prime Minister

Approved for Release: 24 August 2015

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has received an update on current drought and frost affecting parts of the country and the action currently underway to deliver relief and prepare for a worsening of the situation.

PM O’Neill said the situation will likely worsen and agencies and communities must work together in the coming months to reduce impact of the extreme weather conditions.

“This drought has the potential to be worse than 1997 and 1998,” the Prime Minister said.

25 Aug 2015 description

The provincial administrator in Enga Province in Papua New Guinea says they are hoping a consignment of food aid sent by the national government will arrive before the weekend.

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24 Aug 2015 description

BANGLADESH

A rapid assessment launched after Cyclone Komen reports that a total of 2.6 million people affected, with Sathkia, Chittagong and Noakhali districts the worst affected. Nearly 220,000 households are in need of emergency assistance, the vast majority of whom require immediate food assistance. An estimated US$6.3 million is required to cover the needs and proposals were sent to donors.

2.6 million people affected

MYANMAR

24 Aug 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | 07:44 GMT

Papua New Guinea's government said Monday it had sent food and water to drought and frost-hit regions, as it warned a current dry spell could be the worst in decades.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said the poverty-stricken Pacific nation, where many are dependent on subsistence agriculture, should prepare for conditions to deteriorate.

20 Aug 2015 description

By Adam Connors, staff

El Nino-driven drought and frosts in the normally tropical highlands in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are bringing Tasmania-like weather to the region, a regional administrator said.

Enga province administrator Samson Amean called a meeting with a PNG provincial disaster and emergency committee on Monday after hundreds of villages were found to face months without food from local gardens after being destroyed by frosts.

19 Aug 2015 description

Eight people are confirmed to have died in the Highlands and Morobe as a result of the long dry spell and frost in Papua New Guinea.

These include five children and an elderly man in Chimbu and two in Morobe Province. Two other children are reported to have died in Hela Province.

The Government's Chief Secretary, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, has received the assessment reports on the drought on Mt Wilhelm, Chimbu Province and frost disaster in Tambul-Nebilyer, Western Highlands Province.

19 Aug 2015 description

The provincial administrator in Enga Province in Papua New Guinea says it will take up to a year for people to recover from several days of severe frost damage.

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18 Aug 2015 description
South East Asia and the Pacific - version 2
Technical Annex - version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 19 000 000

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18 Aug 2015 description

More than 300,000 people in Papua New Guinea's Enga have been hit by what is being described as the worst frost disaster in the province in more than 40 years.

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17 Aug 2015 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics
Summary

As at 31 July 2015, there were 2,015 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,842 in immigration detention on the mainland and 173 in immigration detention on Christmas Island. A further 878 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 28,890 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.