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Papua New Guinea tidal waves displace 75,000: UN

Manus Island, PNG.
by Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) Dec 16, 2008
Papua New Guinea has been pummelled by non-stop tidal waves and unusually high tides that have forced 75,000 people from their homes this month, the United Nations said Tuesday.

The autonomous PNG region of Bougainville, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia were also affected by the high waves, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

"Half the population of (Papua New Guinea's) Manus Island has been displaced," OCHA spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters.

"The government of Papua New Guinea has declared a state of national disaster and a team of OCHA experts should arrive Wednesday to examine their needs," she said.

"The fact that the affected islands are scattered and the never-ending nature of the tidal waves make the evaluation of the situation very difficult," Byrs said.

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Macao's University To Analyze Data From China's Moon Probe
Macao (XNA) Dec 15, 2008
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