Food aid is arriving for more than 100,000 people in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea who have been enduring hunger for nearly a year due to El Nino-driven drought and frost.
Care International, the World Food Program and provincial authorities are distributing much-needed rice to provinces whose crops were badly hit last August by the worst frost in 40 years and the prolonged drought that followed.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.
Immigration Detention And Community Statistics
At 30 April 2016, there were 1,695 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,509 in immigration detention on the mainland and 186 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 645 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 28,503 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
Global Overview – Trends and Outlook
Papua New Guinea - IOM and the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), with support from the US, EU, and the Australian Governments, have launched a seed distribution programme across drought-hit areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG), benefiting almost 10,000 people.
A three-year-old girl is confirmed to have died and two people are reported missing after a landslip in Kokoda in Papua New Guinea earlier this week.
Heturu Creek, which flows down from Mt Haila in the Kokoda Plains, flooded with mud and clay, washing away several people from one family.
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By Catherine Wilson
ARAWA, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Jun 30 2016 (IPS) - Almost every family in the islands of Bougainville, an autonomous region of about 300,000 people in the Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, has a story to tell of death and suffering during the decade long civil war (1989-1998), known as ‘the Crisis.’
What is offshore processing?
Offshore processing (referred to by the Australian Government as “regional processing”) is the term used to describe the arrangements by which Australia sends people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to either Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where their refugee claims are determined. Australia is the only country in the world that uses other countries to process refugee claims.
The National Executive Council has appointed retired judge, Justice Warwick Andrew, as the Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into recent violence at university campus around the nation.
Justice Andrew will be supported by a team of technical and legal experts that will soon be appointed.
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said the Commission of Inquiry was essential in helping to better understand what transpired in recent weeks, as well as to preventing a repeat in the future.
Foreword About 6.9 million people in Pacific island countries cannot access improved sanitation. More than 4.8 million cannot access improved water supplies. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes water and sanitation as basic human rights. The General Assembly has called upon governments and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and technology transfer to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking-water and sanitation for all (UN Resolution A/RES/64/292).
China (No Updates)
As of 13 June 2016, there were 154 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in same period of the previous four years (2012-2015) (Figure 1).
Sydney, Australia | AFP | Sunday 6/26/2016 - 09:00 GMT
ADDS O'NEILL REAX
One man was killed and several buildings torched in violence at a university in Papua New Guinea, its vice-chancellor said Sunday, some two weeks after police opened fire on students in the capital.
The students have been demanding that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, who is being investigated for corruption, step aside and have been boycotting classes as part of their campaign.
7723e séance – matin
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS
La Commission de consolidation de la paix (CCP) doit diversifier et rendre plus souples ses méthodes de travail, renforcer ses actions régionales et thématiques et faciliter la cohérence de l’action internationale en profitant des multiples contacts qu’elle entretient avec une grande variété d’acteurs du fait même de son mandat, ont plaidé ce matin, devant le Conseil de sécurité, ses Présidents actuel et ancien, respectivement M. Macharia Kamau (Kenya) et M. Olof Skoog (Suède).
Certain parts of Papua New Guinea are still facing food shortage months after the drought hit the country, according to Dr Mike Bourke of the Australian National University.
He told The National that this was particularly true in parts of Western and Milne Bay.
“The drought is well and truly over. All over Papua New Guinea, it’s been raining,” Bourke said. He is a technical adviser for the church partnership programme.
He said people in parts of Western, especially in the Nomad Local Level Government, still faced food shortage.
1.47 million people food insecure 180,000 hungry people in need of food assistance
325 metric tons of fortified rice delivered to date
4,930 households — 24,650 people— reached with each household receiving 70 kilogram rations of rice lasting 6 weeks Photo: A family receives fortified rice in Pilikambi Rural LLG.