ASHFALL BLANKETS EAST NEW BRITAIN’S RABAUL

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The town was buried by the 1994 eruption of Tavurvur

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 13, 2008) – Rabaul town is being blanketed by continuous ashfall from the active Mt Tavurvur volcano.

[PIR editor’s note: Rabaul is the provincial capital of Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province, located northeast of the Papua New Guinea mainland peninsula. The last major eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano was in 1994 when Rabaul, was buried in ash.]

In the last two to three weeks the township has been severely affected with the accumulation of ash build-up around.

The scenario in the heart of the town along dusty Mango Avenue is very serious.

People living in the area appear to be affected from the heavy ashfall that has been covering their homes, food gardens and cash crops.

Interviewed yesterday was the Pangur family who live near the Rabaul Volcano Observatory.

Head of the household Gabriel Pangur said with the continuous ash fall his family now relies on the Rabaul market for garden food.

"Ol gaden blong mipela I bagarap pinis long das pundaun long Tavurvur," (Our gardens have been destroyed by the ashfall from Mt Tavuvur) he said.

Mr Pangur said the dust had also affected themselves with aggravated coughs and running noses.

He added that their water used for drinking and washing had turned to dust aga

 

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