drought

Sydney gets toughest water restrictions in a decade

On Tuesday, level two restrictions were enacted in the capital of New South Wales (NSW), a state 99.9% in drought.

These could be increased to level three within months, local media report.

Temperatures are predicted to soar above 40C (104F) from Tuesday, worsening fires which have already killed six people since October.

There are now more than 100 fires in NSW and Queensland states, many of which have been burning for several weeks.

What are the water restrictions?

Goilala emergency response delayed

Local member William Samb said they have received a report from the Catholic Church alerting them of the situation.

Samb said a budget has been drawn up including this (emergency) specifically as well as for the medical assessment on ground.

But he said receiving funds was the cause of delay.

Speaking to Loop PNG this morning, Samb said he is aware that the funds into the district treasury should be confirmed today.

He said according to the budget, at least K50,000 each should be allocated for the two exercises.

Rising heat could make parts of South Asia uninhabitable by 2100 -study

Most of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will experience temperatures close to the limits of survivability by 2100, without emissions reductions.

The research says the fraction of the population exposed to dangerous, humid heat waves may reach 30 percent.

South Asia is home to one-fifth of the world's inhabitants.

Wet bulb threat

Most official weather stations around the world measure temperature with two thermometers.

More food aid planned for drought zones

Parts of PNG has been battling flooding in recent weeks but there is still a need for relief in the wake of the drought, which lasted until March after beginning almost a year ago in some areas.

The UN's resident co-ordinator in PNG, Roy Trivedy, said data appears to show thousands still face food security issues.

He said with help from other organisations like the World Food Program and UNICEF, they would shortly start delivering food and nutrition supplies, mostly in the Highlands but also to parts of Milne Bay.

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Police confirms 12 deaths after plane crash in Kiunga

Twelve people, including three children and the pilot, who crashed on Wednesday, are all confirmed dead.

Chimbu emerging from drought

The El Nino-linked drought, which began in the middle of last year, affected many parts of PNG.

Thousands at risk because of lingering effects of drought

It is unclear how many people have died, but a teacher in one village told the ABC five people, including children, lost their lives, and another said locals felt forgotten.

Since the middle of last year, PNG has been experiencing its most severe El Nino-induced drought since 1997-1998.

Rain in many parts of the country helped fill waterways and replenish some of the subsistence crops villagers rely on for food, but aid groups and researchers have said the rain also triggered a dangerous phase of the drought.

Where is PNG heading?

However, reports from experts have indicated that water and food shortages remain critical in parts of Papua New Guinea, such as Western Province and Milne Bay Province, amid a prolonged drought.

A specialist in PNG agriculture and food, Dr Mike Bourke, explained that large parts of the south had still not had any significant rain since the drought began.

Dr Bourke, who is an honorary associate professor at the Australian National University, said the drought situation remained bad in Western Province where many remote communities remain malnourished.

Malnourishment woes persist in drought-hit PNG

The El Nino-linked drought, which began in the middle of last year, appears to finally be over in some parts of PNG, following recent bouts of rain.

However, a specialist in PNG agriculture and food, Mike Bourke, explained that large parts of the south had still not had any significant rain since the drought began.

Dr Bourke, who is an honorary associate professor at the Australian National University, said the drought situation remained bad in Western Province where many remote communities remain malnourished.

As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

The family now sleeps on the floor of their shack.

All that's left to sell are the pots she uses to cook over a fire pit, when there's something to eat.

The 28-year-old mother of four, is among roughly 1.5 million Haitians who can't get nearly enough nutrition because of a yearslong drought that has spoiled harvests in her small mountain village and across large sections of the countryside.