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El Nino effect close PNG schools

The governor of Chimbu Province in Papua New Guinea says the effects of El Niño there are so severe schools have closed, public servants aren’t working and the hospital has shut its doors. Noah Kool says the lack of water in Chimbu’s main town, Kundiawa, is an emergency, and is concerned the situation is only […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 14, 2015 9:01 am

The governor of Chimbu Province in Papua New Guinea says the effects of El Niño there are so severe schools have closed, public servants aren’t working and the hospital has shut its doors.

Noah Kool says the lack of water in Chimbu’s main town, Kundiawa, is an emergency, and is concerned the situation is only going to get worse.

“People are going to die. People are really going to die. The majority of people, they live on the land. And if the land dries up, they will really be suffering. So we’ve got a disaster here. The water supply has dried up, so the public servants are not working. Our hospital, five-star hospital, is closing its doors now because for all its operations, it needs water. The schools are closing down. Kids have been sent home. We really have a serious problem here.”

But Mr Kool says the government has not sent enough aid for his province, and the local government has no funding to roll out relief from beyond Kundiawa.

“I don’t know how they are going to do it, but we need to be given more aid. We need to be given more aid. Currently they gave us only 5000 bags of 20 kg rice. What about the 299,500 households? I think we’ve got a big problem here. What about the water containers?”

Source: NZ Herald

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