State of Emergency declared in East Sepik Province

Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik Provincial Administration has declared a state of emergency, effective Monday, until further notice. Mother nature in the last few days had caused flooding and destruction in Middle-Sepik

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Three dead, 93 houses collapsed after 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes East Sepik

East Sepik province in Papua New Guinea, which has been struggling with heavy flooding for the past weeks, was hit by a huge earthquake Sunday morning, doubling the pain for the Sepik River and wetland people. The 7.0

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Complaints mount at PNG ‘care centers’ for volcano displaced

Several thousand people remain in limbo three months after the eruption of Papua New Guinea’s Mt Ulawun, living at muddy camps euphemistically named “care centres” by authorities, and increasingly unhappy about

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Upgrades for five seismic network stations in Tonga

An upgrade to Tonga’s Seismic Network will cover five strategically positioned stations at Nukuhetulu, Tongatapu; Mt Talau Vava’u; Hihifo, Ha’apai; Niuafo’ou High School, Niuafo’ou; and Hihifo. Niuatoputapu,

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Volcanic eruption in PNG displaces 26,000 people

A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea has forced the evacuation of more than 26,000 people over the past week and created urgent humanitarian needs, a disaster official said Tuesday. Mudslides have followed the 20

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Thousands evacuated, flights cancelled as Mt Ulawun in PNG erupts

The Mt Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea erupted Monday, forcing the evacuation of more than 5,000 persons, cancellation of flights into and out of Hoskins, and ashfall affecting a wide area. Air Niugini suspended all

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‘Tipping points’ of risk pose new threats, UN report warns

A new UN report launched on Wednesday has some useful insights on “risk tipping points” which are becoming an increasing challenge worldwide.  Tipping points are reached when the systems we rely on stop functioning

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All clear given in Vanuatu, Lola downgraded to Ex-Tropical Cyclone

Vanuatu disaster authorities issued an all clear for the country as ex-cyclone Lola was downgraded to a tropical low system at 6.34am local time on Thursday. In the final warning bulletin issued by the Vanuatu

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At least 36 people died in wildfires in Hawaii

A search of the wildfire devastation on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Thursday revealed a wasteland of obliterated neighborhoods and landmarks charred beyond recognition, as the death toll reached at least 36 and

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Temperatures off the charts, but more records imminent: WMO

Global sea surface temperatures reached a record high in May, June, and July – and the warming El Niño weather pattern is only just getting started – experts at the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said

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Guam A-G on typhoon recovery: ‘We’ve been living like cave people’

Guam’s Office of the Attorney General is investigating aspects of the government’s typhoon recovery response, including problems with the public water supply after the storm. “This disaster recovery was

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$8M to support Kiribati’s drought relief efforts

An $8 million grant has been disbursed by the Asian Development Bank to the Government of Kiribati to help fund drought relief efforts. ADB says the support comes after a state of emergency was declared last month in

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