Feb 25, 2018 Last Updated 5:27 AM, Feb 19, 2018

Flight for life

RELIEF assistance poured in to help resettled hundreds of displaced people at a care centre after evacuation from their island homes following the unprecedented eruption of a dormant volcano off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in January. Swift action by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, East Sepik provincial government and administration enabled the evacuation and relocation of the 691 islanders to the mainland.

The volcano on the island of Kadovar, located about 24 km (15 miles) north of the PNG mainland, began erupting on 5 January. After venting ash for several days, the volcano exploded, blasting out glowing red rocks and sulphur dioxide, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said in a bulletin. Kadovar is one of the three Schouten volcanic islands with the other two being Ruprup and Biem in East Sepik province. On 22 January, it was reported that Biem and Ruprup have subsided and remained stable while five volcanic vents had opened up on Kadovar and activities were expected to escalate on the island.

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REBUILDING Vanuatu will take most of the rest of 2015 and the cycloneravaged country needs thousands more shelter kits.

That is one of the major assessments of disaster management experts among the 34 aid organisations that are or were in Vanuatu and these experts described it is as a mammoth task with substantially more aid supplies urgently needed.

Tents and tarpaulins remain in short supply with a revised figure of 188,000 people without adequate shelter and housing.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman said the government would provide for the people for at least the next three months.

Natuman said he hoped that the World Food Program would come on board and repeated that food and shelter were the top priorities.

The government revised its figure of 166,000 people affected by Pam up to 188,000 and admitted that the National Disaster Management office faced a huge logistical challenge to get relief supplies to these people.

The chairman of the National Disaster Committee, Jotham Napat, welcomed what he described as the tremendous efforts of the private sector, volunteers and international partners in supplying the roll out of relief supplies to the most affected communities around the country. “

“There has been some transport and logistic issues that have delayed the onward distribution of supplies in some islands and we are working with provincial authorities to sort these out,’’ he said.

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by Tony Wilson

 

 

Cyclone Pam leaves 65,000 homeless

IT was like having a massive jet engine sitting beside your head – roaring incessantly like a maniac, hour after hour after hour.
As my wife and I wielded mops through much of the night of Friday, March 13 and into Saturday morning, like thousands of other Vanuatu residents in a forlorn attempt to stem the flooding of our house, the same desperate message kept pulsating through our minds.
When is it going to stop?

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