Hundreds of Papuans living in highland suffer hunger, three die

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People living in Lanny Jaya regency, Papua, suffered crops failure due to extreme weather. (Source: Walhi Papua)

“It first happened in 2015, then it reemerged in a row in 2019, 2020, 2021, and again in 2022,” Maikel told BBC Indonesia.

According to Maikel, the crop failure was triggered by a frost in the highlands of Lanny Jaya due to weather factors. It has a fatal impact because the community is highly dependent on the produce.

“That’s their only source of food. Changing weather pattern has affected the yield,” he explained.

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The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Region V in Jayapura has been warning citizens there of the potential extreme weather events, such as frost, hail and strong winds.

Hendro Nugroho, the agency chief, advised the community to build a barn to store their crops so they can avert a food crisis during the dry season. (rr)