22 AUGUST 2002 PORT MORESBY (Pacnews)
---- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has pledged
two million kina (US$516,500) in relief for communities around the erupting
Mount Pago volcano in the country's West New Britain province.
"Food gardens, water sources and
oil palm plantations within the vicinity of Mount Pago have been drastically
affected," Sir Michael said in a statement today.
"An estimated 30,000 people have
been affected, of which 12,000 have left their villages and another 8,000
are housed in six care centres.