20 Dec 2005

Missionary in western PNG highlights precarious food situation

12:48 pm on 20 December 2005

According to a Catholic mission in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, more than 3-thousand people are at risk of food shortages in the region.

The newspaper, The National, reports people around the Olsobip District in North Fly, have had food crops inundated by floodwater caused by heavy rain.

A Catholic missionary in Kayangabip village, Bill Ernest, said that taro and other food crops had been destroyed.

Mr Ernest said the nearby Ok Tedi Mine company had been providing some help by supplying food, but not the provincial or national government.