1) Extreme Cold Weather, Papua Residents Evacuated
TEMPO.CO, Jayapura-About 800 residents in a number of villages in the Districts of Kuyawage, Wanobarat and Goabaliem, Lanny Jaya Regency, Papua, have to take refuge because of extreme cold weather, officials said Tuesday, October 27.
"The Regent contacted me and requested for help to mobilize refugees," said Military Command (Kasdam) XVII/Cenderawasih Chief of Staff Brigadier General Herman Asaribab to Antara News Agency on Tuesday.
“The local government have also sent food aid,” he said.
He added that residents of three districts, Kuyawage, Wanobarat and Goabaliem Districts, will be evacuated until the weather improves.
The extreme cold weather disaster had occurred about a week, since October 21, and became most severe on Sunday morning when residents came out of their honai (traditional house) and the icy dew caused skin burn.
As a result, hundreds of residents in the three districts were evacuated to take nearby areas, including in Habema, Jayawijaya Regency, Malageneri in Lanny Jaya Regency, Ilaga and Sinak Districts in Puncak Regency and to several districts in Puncak Jaya and Nduga Regencies.
It was also reported that people who are unable to walk and the church pastor were airlifted to Tiom, the capital of Lanny Jaya and Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya Regency.