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Low-lying isles in Morobe Province losing ground

By John Kembu Jr PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 1, 2011) – In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the effects of global warming is one that cannot be ignored by anyone, let alone the inhabitants of villages along the coastlines, atolls, small islands and archipelagoes in PNG and around the globe.

Sea levels are rising at an alarming rate and people are being forced to move further inland or onto higher grounds.

The inhabitants of small islands around Siassi Island in the Tewae-Siassi district of Morobe Province are no exception.

Sea levels are rising and the people have to move to higher grounds on the Siassi main island because there is no higher ground on the small atolls.

Elites from the islands living around the country are planning strategies to help their people to adjust to the scenario.

The people of Mandok Island numbering just less than a thousand are starting to move to the mainland of Siassi to resettle after their island and others like Aromot, Tuam, Malai, Aronai and Mutumala are experiencing rising sea levels.

Resettling means erecting temporary shelters and make gardens while they plan their permanent resettlement.

A mobile sawmill was bought and delivered to the Mandok islanders last December by local Member of Parliament (MP) Vincent Michaels to help them with their resettlement programs.

A Lucas Walkabaut Sawmill was bought for 60,000 kina [US$22,700] which was part of the MP’s100,000 kina [US$38,000] discretional funds. The remaining 40,000 kina [US$15,200] will be spent on purchasing the necessary

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