Papua New Guinea
Up to a million people may be threatened by starvation. Waterless rivers make it impossible to transport gold and copper ore from mines, wreaking financial havoc. Drought is critical in a much wider area than first thought; in many districts, health services are seriously overtaxed, and typhoid, malaria, and diarrhea reach epic proportions. Monsoon rains start late, and fall far short of what's needed to offset the severe drought.

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