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May 9, 2021

UN Special Envoy for El Nino and Climate Says PNG Must Be Prepared for La Nina

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The government of Papua New Guinea has been urged to prepare for a possible La Nina condition in December.

La Nina is a climatic pattern that’s a counterpart of El Nino, and is best described as extreme wet weather.

United Nation’s Special Envoy for El Nino and Climate, Ambassador Macharia Kamau, said PNG is best advised to prepare for potential heavy rains.

Ambassador Macharia has been mandated to visit several countries where El Nino has impacted. PNG was chosen as the first country in the Pacific he would visit, having had 40% of the population affected by the recent drought and frost linked to El Nino.

He also had the chance to visit the Trobriand Islands in Milne Bay where there was food and water shortages.

Ambassador Macharia also warned about the El Nino and La Nina cycles, where La Nina is expected sometime in December. He said although the chances of La Nina occurring have decreased, it is important to prepare.

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