Rain on the way across dry Pacific | Pacific Beat

Rain on the way across dry Pacific

Rain on the way across dry Pacific

Updated 7 December 2012, 9:34 AEDT

It's been that dry in Papua New Guiinea that the Ok Tedi copper mine may have to close in a couple of weeks.

No rain has meant the Fly River has dropped to a level where supply barges can no longer operate and supplies of essential diesel are running out.

Across the Pacific in Samoa, Tonga and Niue water suplies are also reaching a critical stage because of the lack of rain.

So what is going on with the weather across the Pacific?

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Neville Koop, meteorolgy and climate adviser, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, SPREP

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