Most recent disaster declaration: Papua New Guinea cyclone

from US Agency for International Development
Published on 20 Nov 2007
From November 12 to 16, 2007, high winds and heavy rain from Tropical Cyclone Guba affected Oro and Milne Bay provinces in eastern Papua New Guinea. As of November 20, the cyclone and flooding had caused more than 70 deaths and displaced at least 13,000 people according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The Government of Papua New Guinea (GOPNG) reported that cyclone-associated flooding affected 145,000 people in Oro Province. Flooding also caused extensive damage to houses, roads, bridges, and crops. The floods severely damaged the water system, electrical infrastructure, and access roads in the Oro provincial capital of Popondetta, affecting an estimated 20,000 people. On November 19, the GOPNG declared a state of emergency in Oro Province.

On November 20, U.S. Ambassador Leslie V. Rowe declared a disaster due to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Guba. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $50,000 through the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby to IFRC for the procurement and distribution of emergency relief supplies. USAID/OFDA regional advisors continued to monitor the situation in close consultation with the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby.