WEST NEW BRITAIN VOLCANO FORCES EVACUATION

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 23) – Some villages between Kilenge and Glouster Station who had been affected by the Mount Langila volcano in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, have been relocated.

Increased volcanic activity on Mt Langila since April has damaged food gardens, water tanks and the main water supply dam at Kilenge, which supplied the Catholic mission, a school, health centre and the surrounding villages.

The water supply has been contaminated by volcanic ash.

However, reports received by the Post-Courier from the West New Britain provincial disaster office say a majority of the affected population were still in their villages and voluntary evacuation had been encouraged.

A recent visit by Governor Clement Nakmai and other provincial government officers, including the director of the provincial disaster office, had enabled the provincial administration to conduct an immediate needs assessment to make available emergency supplies.

The provincial administration has spent K30,000 (US$9,600) on relief supplies, which have been distributed to the affected areas.

Aid supplies in the form of large water containers and tents from the PNG Red Cross have arrived.

June 23, 2005

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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