Frost and drought wipes out crops in Papua New Guinea and  Solomon Islands highlands

El Niño-driven drought and frosts in the normally tropical highlands in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has brought Tasmania-like weather to the region, said Enga province administrator Samson Amean.

The worst frost to hit the province in 40 years has directly affected 300,000 people, said Amean. Hundreds of villages face months without food from local gardens after being destroyed by frosts.

“There has been a major disaster, all the food gardens lost in affected areas,” he said.

“Our basic food being sweet potato, or tuber, and all the vines are destroyed.

“Vegetables in the higher altitudes like cabbage, lettuce, English potato, all that is gone.”

The governor of neighbouring Southern Highlands province, William Powi, has also declared a state of emergency.

The Papua New Guinea government promised immediate disaster funds after receiving even more reports on the drought affecting Mt Wilhelm, Chimbu province, and the frost disaster in Tambul-Neblyer in Western Highlands province.

Same thing happened during 1997 El Niño

“I’ve never seen anything like it here in the highlands,” said Blossum Gilmour, assistant country director of CARE International in PNG.

“But we know the same thing happened during the last devastating El Niño experience in 1997.

“PNG is especially vulnerable given that around 80 per cent of food consumed in the country is grown in this region.”

Thanks to Allan Cotterill for this link

5 thoughts on “Frost and drought wipes out crops in Papua New Guinea and  Solomon Islands highlands”

  1. hmm I thought english cabbages would survive heavy frosts ok,
    and any tubers of proper spuds in ground should be ok if small depending on their growth stage.
    the other tropicals etc are soft stemmed and not ever cold hardy so go to mush at the hint of ice:-(
    carrots n turnips swedes might be a fairly fast option to get something in 12 weeks vegie wise.
    meanwhile…someones going to have to bring stuff in to cover the gap.

  2. So El Nino may not be any more evidence of warming, than it is of cooling. It rather seems to be merely evidence of temperature separation(akin to electric charge separation), as East Pacific warms, while West Pacific cools. We all know that warm air or liquid rises when surrounding matrix of air or liquid is relatively cooler. The warmer surface waters are subject to greater evaporation, which enables cooling, and the latent heat is transferred to the atmosphere. Meridional jet flow will carry the latent heat to the poles where the troposphere is lower and the heat can escape to space as infrared long wave radiation.
    Warmists argue that El Nino is an effect or evidence of (global) warming. But my point here is that El Nino can also be thought of as a cause(!), for cooling, or if you will, evidence of releasing heat from the Ocean to the atmosphere. And we all know that the atmosphere has the ability to cool itself much more readily and quickly than large bodies of water. It’s a mistake to think of a phenomenon such as El Nino as being merely an end result of some other cause without affecting other climate processes. Just a thought. 😉

  3. IMO hurricanes and el nino’s are the earths way of releasing heat. I hate toi think what the la nina will be like that follows.

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