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11 Apr 2014 description

04/11/2014 08:23 GMT

SYDNEY, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at an estimated depth of 54 kilometres (34 miles) at around the same distance west of the town of Panguna on the remote and volcanic Bougainville island.

11 Apr 2014 description

It is estimated 54,000 people in Papua New Guinea have been affected by tropical cyclone Ita and authorities expect that number to rise.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

10 Apr 2014 description

There are forecasts 300 millimetres of rain will be dumped between now and Friday morning on Papua New Guinea's south; courtesy of the category 4 Cyclone Ita.

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Ita is heading towards the far north Queensland coast and emergency crews there are ramping up their preparations as the cyclone is expected to make landfall around Cooktown Friday night.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

09 Apr 2014 description

NASA's Aqua Satellite Reveals Tropical Cyclone Ita Strengthening

Tropical Cyclone Ita's maximum sustained winds have increased over the last day and NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible look at the storm on April 8.

08 Apr 2014 description


  • On 8 April, at 06.00 UTC, PEIPAH (locally known as DOMENG) was a tropical depression located approx. 500 km east of Mindanao.
  • In the next 24h, it is forecast to continue moving towards Caraga, Eastern Visayas and Bicol Regions, roughly maintaining its intensity. It may approach these areas on 11-12 April.


07 Apr 2014 description

April 7 marks World Health Day. This year, World Health Day draws attention to the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, lyme disease and yellow fever. This year’s theme—‘Small bite, big threat’—indicates the threats posed by mosquitos, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors.

Every year over 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases—more than half the world’s population is at risk.

04 Apr 2014 description
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Impressive economic gains in Asia and the Pacific are otherwise diminished by still widespread poverty and growing inequality, calling for urgent implementation of inclusive growth approaches among the region’s countries, says a new study.

04 Apr 2014 description

By political correspondent Emma Griffiths

The first refugee assessments will be delivered to asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre within a month, according to a statement from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Mr Morrison also says the first of those found to be refugees could be resettled in Papua New Guinea in June.

The Minister yesterday held the first of what are planned to be monthly meetings about the offshore resettlement program with his Papua New Guinean counterpart, Rimbink Pato, in Port Moresby.

27 Mar 2014 description
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GOROKA, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - When Mary got sick, residents in her remote highland village in Papua New Guinea (PNG) didn’t take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer with magical powers instead.

“They said a witch had put a curse on me. They had to remove it. Had they not brought me to the nearest health clinic, however, I could have died,” the 45-year old said.

27 Mar 2014 description

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

19 Mar 2014 description

By Liam Fox on Manus Island

Several asylum seekers are set to testify at a human rights inquiry into conditions at the Manus Island detention centre.

The inquiry was told four asylum seekers would give evidence when it resumes this morning.

The public solicitor has collected affidavits from 32 asylum seekers but most are yet to be signed.

The inquiry, initiated by Justice David Cannings, is examining the conditions at the detention centre and whether detainees are being denied their human rights.

17 Mar 2014 description

By Liam Fox on Manus Island

A judge in Papua New Guinea is due to begin an inquiry today into the treatment of asylum seekers at Australia's detention centre on Manus Island.

Under PNG law, the Supreme Court can initiate its own inquiries into human rights matters.

Justice David Cannings did just that after last month's fatal riot at the detention centre left one asylum seeker dead and scores injured.

14 Mar 2014 description

PORT MORESBY / GENEVA (14 March 2014) – “Papua New Guinea is likely to grow and play an increased role at least at the regional level in the near future, and currently has a unique opportunity to ensure that this future society is based on a solid human rights and rule of law foundation,” stated Mr. Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at the end of his official visit to Papua New Guinea today. During his twelve-day visit to the country, Mr.

14 Mar 2014 description

An estimated 10,000 people in West New Britain province in Papua New Guinea have been affected by heavy flooding.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

14 Mar 2014 description

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

13 Mar 2014 description

Senator the Hon Brett Mason farewelled 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, during a reception at Old Parliament House this week.

The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments.

The volunteers will be placed with host organisations for a period of 12 months to 2 years, and will assist with projects ranging from surf lifesaving training to providing advice in the use of Geographic Information Systems.

12 Mar 2014 description

Key messages

  • Papua New Guinea is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, facing frequent earthquakes, typhoons, floods and tsunamis. Local response capacities are weak, and the European Commission is helping communities by funding projects aiming to increase disaster preparedness and resilience to future emergencies.