23 Jul 2015

Food delivered to another hail struck area of Papua

7:25 pm on 23 July 2015

Reports from Indonesia's Papua province say thousands of people in Lanny Jaya have received food supplies to help them survive a recent series of hailstorms.

The Jakarta Post reports the regional authorities used a small plane to drop bags of rice and other food supplies and medical teams have also been dispatched.

A series of hailstorms hit 26 villages in Kuyawage, Goa Baliem and West Wano districts of Lanny Jaya earlier this month, frosting over food gardens and ruining crops.

Temperatures as low as minus two degrees contributed to the death of eleven people.

The paper reports at least 12-hundred families live in the isolated districts.

Similar hailstorms hit several districts in the neighbouring regencies of Puncak and Nduga this month causing a similar food crisis.