EL NINO HITS NORTH FLY

“If the dry spell continuous we might have a lot of water borne diseases that will lead to even bigger problems,”

(Image Source: Ok Tedi Development Foundation)

Food and medical supplies for the North Fly District and Rural areas around it are running short due to the developing El Nino in PNG.

Deputy District Administrator for North Fly, Mr John Lari said levels of the North Fly River have gone extremely low resulting no access for Cargo Boats carrying food and medical supplies to come in.

He said food is now being rationed and every family is entitled to buy 2 packets of rice each, all frozen foods plus sugar and other basic foods are almost down to nothing.

He went on to say that the hospital is also experiencing shortage of basic medical drugs such as antibiotics, anti-malarials, IV fluids and pain killers.

“If the dry spell continuous we might have a lot of waterborne diseases that will lead to even bigger problems,” Mr Lari stated.

Most of the rural communities in the North Fly District rely on bore water that comes from wells and rivers as a source of water supply. Now with the dry spell all sources are slowly running dry.

For the urban areas water tanks are about empty and residents have turned to drinking boiled well water.

The North Fly District Administrator Mr. Karl Kanong is now calling to the government for aid saying the government should help chatter food, drinking water and medical supplies for the North Fly People as quickly as practical.

By Sarah PALEK
December 6, 2018