16 Oct 2010

Reports children in PNG's Morobe starving to death following drought

8:46 am on 16 October 2010

There are reports that rural children in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province are starving to death as a result of a drought.

The drought has been affecting the Menyamya District since March this year and most rivers and streams have dried up.

A Primary School Inspector for the district, Gabriel Suka, says residents are severely lacking fresh, clean water and food.

He says school attendance rates are extremely poor as students are too malnourished to attend classes and some have starved to death.

"In the remote district according to reports from the community, seven people have died of hunger. Some are between six and fourteen."

Gabriel Suka says he is disappointed the District Administration has done nothing to help those who are struggling.