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.
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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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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Immigration Detention And Community Statistics
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.
Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.
1.3 million people affected
The Papua New Guinea government has released US$88,000 in relief funds for Manam islanders affected by a volcanic eruption.
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By Catherine Wilson
GOROKA, Papua New Guinea, Aug 14 2015 (IPS) - The charred foundations are all that is left of the homes that made up Kenemote village in the mountainous Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific Islands.
For the past four and a half months a tribal war has raged between four clans of the Kintex tribe who are armed with high-powered guns, as well as bows and arrows. Nine people are dead, including a small boy, and most dwellings have been burned to the ground, while women and children are traumatised.
In the framework of the European Union–funded Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project, this national assessment brings together existing evidence on the migration, environment and climate change nexus in Papua New Guinea (PNG).