An enormous El Nino event, already among the four most powerful recorded, has inflicted a devastating drought on Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in the Pacific. It has affected 2.5 million people in PNG alone and there have been multiple deaths, especially of children, due to food shortages. SCOTT WAIDE offers some important facts that all Papua New Guineans need to know.
THERE are pockets of very dry areas where the impact of the drought is evident and alarming as well as areas experiencing "post drought periods" where rains have come.
The green spurred by the rains is deceptive. This is when the food shortage really happens. Crop tubers rot in the ground and insects hatch and start feeding on crops.