PAPUA NEW GUINEA DROUGHT REMAINS AT CRISIS POINT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 27, 1997 - Radio Australia)--- The aid agency CARE says the drought in Papua New Guinea remains at a crisis point, with 15 more children dying in recent days and almost 700 thousand people still in extreme danger.

CARE's Australian office says the situation is compounded by a slowdown in donations, reducing the ability of aid organizations to deliver emergency supplies to the worst-affected PNG areas.

AusAID, Australia's government aid agency, estimates 48,000 Papua New Guineas have no access to clean drinking water. Officials say even when the rains come, it will be months before a new food harvest is possible.

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