Despite rains in PNG, food shortages and water-related illness predicted to remain

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While much of drought-stricken Papua New Guinea has been enjoying a relatively wet start to the year, humanitarian workers say by no means is the dry weather over.

Weather experts this week said that the monster El-Nino, which has driven the drought, seems to have peaked in recent weeks, but it still isn't expected to break up for several more months.

In PNG, there are warnings that because water quality remains very poor, there is a risk that the number of water-related diseases will spike, while it's also predicted severe food shortages will continue for the first half of 2016.

But Blossum Gilmour, Care International's Emergency Response Coordinator in PNG says the recent rains are a positive start, and have meant people are starting to replant their gardens.

Catherine Graue


Australian Broadcasting Corporation