March 12, 2018

More extreme weather in Papua New Guinea

The communities in Cool Earth’s Papua New Guinea partnership are still reeling from the news of yet more deaths and casualties in the highlands caused by the recent earthquakes.

And while aftershocks continue to rock the highlands, storms rock the lowlands.

Tropical downpour - Cool Earth

Gadaisu village was on the edge of a tropical cyclone over the weekend. Former Community Association member John Isaac sadly passed away last year and it was the house that he had built that suffered the brunt of the storm. It has partly collapsed, blown over by strong winds and rain.

The family living there have temporarily moved to Godidi, a hamlet about half a mile inland, until the community can repair the house.

Luckily, we’ve seen first-hand how swiftly Gadaisu village springs into action after an emergency, with everyone pitching in to help with the clean-up operation. The family will be back in their house in no time.

But rebuilding houses is only a short-term solution. People we talk to are concerned that these events are getting worse and more frequent. Several are considering moving their homes further inland to shield themselves and their families.

Our partner communities in Papua New Guinea are facing more and more extreme weather as the effects of climate change intensify. It’s now more important than ever to support those villages on the edge of the climate frontier.

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