29 Jan 2015

5,000 people face food shortages after PNG storm

2:01 pm on 29 January 2015

More than 5,000 people in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province are facing a food shortage after a hailstorm destroyed food gardens.

Fresh produce at market, Papua New Guinea.

Fresh produce at market, Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

A landslide caused by the storm has also cut off the Highlands highway, putting six other provinces at risk of food and fuel shortages.

EMTV reports that hailstones fell through thatched roofs while heavy rains brought more than 30 centimetres of mud and debris into villages.

The MP for Henganofi, Robert Atiyafa, has made a request to the Prime Minister for urgent funding for relief supplies.