19 Sep 2016

PNG outlier stranded by climate and lack of services

From , 5:02 am on 19 September 2016
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Most of the population on the remote atoll of Takuu, also known as Mortlock, in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville region have left the island.

From a population of at least 600 ten years ago, only around 50 people remain on Takuu, which, like other outliers in the region, has been steadily impacted by the rising sea level.

A Takuu native, who is now based in PNG's capital Port Moresby, Raroteone Tefuarani. 

Mrs Tefuarani told Johnny Blades that most young people feel they have to leave the atoll, due to the climate change and the lack of services.