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PNG volcano: Authorities to resettle evacuees

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Port Moresby | Sunday, Jan 14 2018 IST
The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government has said it will resettle around 2,000 people displaced after the long-dormant Kadovar Island volcano began erupting last week, the ABC News said.The 365-metre-tall volcano has been spewing out huge amounts of smoke and ash, contaminating water sources and destroying the local community's food gardens.The PNG government plans to resettle the displaced people near the nearby provincial capital of Wewak, in the country's East Sepik Province.The military will assist with the relocation effort and the director of PNG's National Disaster Centre, Martin Mose, said supplies for evacuees are on the way."We had a meeting with all our stakeholders and humanitarian partners today and we agreed that most of the relief supplies like tarpaulins for instance, and other foodstuffs, need to go," Mr Mose said.PNG Defence Force soldiers are evacuating people onto neighbouring islands, and army personnel will transport materials for temporary shelters to Wewak."[A] PNG defence force chopper left yesterday, now it's already on the island, and communications have been installed," Defence Minister Solan Mirisim said.Satellite view of the area around Kadovar Island. The smoke plume is visible and stretches far to the northwest of the island.Earlier reports had stated the number of evacuees from Kadovar Island as being closer to 700 people, however this figure was based on electoral roll information and the actual population is far higher, local media reported.On Tuesday, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill committed 150,000 Kina ($59,000) for disaster relief assistance. PNG's Department of Disaster Management said the government must approve 3 million Kina ($1.2 million) to relocate those forced to evacuate due to the eruption.UNi XC-SNU 1243

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