APIBC NEWS : 26th May 2016

Cooler Pacific temperatures signal end of devastating El Nino

Radio Australia reports on the end of a devastating El Nino for the Pacific region with the effects still being felt throughout the Pacific.

— By Radio Australia, ABC

Key Points

  • Air and sea temperatures have normalised across the Pacific
  • BoM forecasters project a 50 per cent chance of La Nina
  • With La Nina's flooding rains, waterborne disease a threat

Bureau of Meteorology modelling shows the latest El Nino cycle is over, but could now lead to a wet winter after a devastating 14 months of drought and famine across the Pacific.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has released modelling showing the latest El Nino cycle is over, but could now lead to a wet winter after a devastating 14 months of drought and famine across the Pacific. 

Rains have returned to many of the nations badly hit by the so-called "Godzilla" El Nino event, but replanting and food stocks remain tight.

In Papua New Guinea, where hundreds of thousands have suffered under drought conditions since March 2015, water quality remains very poor, while it is predicted that severe food shortages will continue through the first half of 2016.

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