PAPUA NEW GUINEA MAKES DROUGHT RELIEF PERSONNEL CHANGES

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 18, 1998 - Radio Australia)--- The Papua New Guinea government has fired its Director-General of National Disaster and Emergency Services, Col. Eric Ani. His replacement is Deputy Police Commissioner Ludwig Kembu.

Ani failed to ensure the distribution of desperately needed food and water to drought-affected areas of PNG on time, said Provincial and Local Government Affairs Minister Simon Kaumi.

At least 45,000 people are still without fresh water. According to a report by the Christian Children's Fund of Australia, water sources are continuing to dry up or become contaminated, increasing the threat of disease.

As many as one million people in Papua New Guinea are experiencing food shortages because of weather problems associated with the El Niño phenomenon.

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