PNG MAY HAVE TO REQUEST DROUGHT AID FROM UN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 11, 1997 - Radio Australia)---Drought relief officials in Papua New Guinea say they will have to enlist the aid of the United Nations if November rains do not arrive soon.

Alarmed at the extent of the drought, officials now fear it is going to produce widespread famine.

Meantime, a major relief effort continues, with 120 Australian defense force personnel and ten aircraft assisting the Papua New Guinea government in delivering food, water and supplies to isolated areas.

Australian aid officials say, however, that right now hundreds of thousands of rural PNG villagers do not have enough food. Some people have begun walking into the capital, Port Moresby, from areas up to 100 miles away, in search of food and medical assistance.

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