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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 2) – The Enga Provincial Government is donating K20,000 (US$6,360) to assist the displaced people of Manam island in Papua New Guinea.

Thousands of islanders have fled the volcanic island since major eruptions covered villages with ash last October and November.

Members of the Enga Provincial Assembly visited Madang this week, and were deeply moved by what they saw.

"They visited the resettlement centers for the displaced people. We feel for them and want to help," Enga governor Peter Ipatas said.

Mr Ipatas said the money would be released early next week, after accounts for the new year opens.

"These are people in need and in true Engan fashion, we’ve have decided to help on behalf of the Enga people. It may not be much, but I hope they appreciate the gesture," Mr Ipatas said.

The K20,000 will come from a K50,000 allocation for disaster and emergency relief allocated in the 2005 provincial budget.

The money will be released to the main body coordinating the resettlement exercise, in consultation with Madang Regional Member of Parliament Peter Barter and Governor James Yali.

January 3, 2005

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