Military help may be called in to deal with PNG drought

5:24 pm on 2 September 2015

Disaster authorities in Papua New Guinea say they may ask Australia for military help and satellite technology in dealing with the drought and frost which has affected the country.

The Post Courier reports other donor countries may also be asked for support after they have analysed reports.

The National Disaster chairman Dixon Guina says there is a PNG team on the ground to assess the situation.

He says the Australian Government may be asked to provide military air support and if the need arises to deploy supplies to the worse affected areas.

United Nations agencies are preparing to respond to the impact of the extreme weather which disaster officials say is affecting one quarter of PNG's population.

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