Papua New Guinea: Kadovar Volcano - Jan 2018
The remote Kadovar Island volcano became active on 5 January 2018 with mild volcanic activity on the south-eastern side of the island. The aerial assessment estimated 50-60 percent of the island covered in lava. The entire population (591 people) has been relocated to Brup Brup island. Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) has assessed that there is a possibility for Kadovar to explode which could trigger similar explosions on near by volcanic islands of Brup Brup and Biem. This may also trigger a tsunami due to landslides. (IFRC, 9 Jan 2018)
As of 15 January 2018, there is an immediate need for food, water, shelter and clothing due to the evacuation of entire population of Kadovar Island to Brup Brup Island (population 1,400). The Prime Minister’s Office is supporting the provincial government to provide 2,000 people with food and water. Meanwhile, the Provincial Government is planning to evacuate the entire population of Kadovar, Brup Brup and Biem islands (up to 4,000 people) to a site on mainland East Sepik due to risk of tsunami, and the potential for a further eruption on neighbouring Biem Island. (OCHA, 15 Jan 2018)
According to the Provincial Governor, the Government is planning to resettle Kadovar islanders on the mainland for up to three years, and will provide support to those who are displaced. The National Capital District Commission has donated Kina100,000 (US$31,000) to the ongoing relief efforts while several private sector companies have provided in-kind contributions including flour, rice and sugar. (OCHA, 22 Jan 2018)
As of 26 January, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) has indicated that the situation on Kadovar remained dynamic but has settled into a reasonable stable situation. There remained a small risk of tsunami to the mainland and neighbouring islands should the volcanic structure collapses. The National Disaster Centre has developed a PGK4 million response plan ($1.21 million) to meet the assessed needs of Kadovar islanders at Dandan Care Centre for up to six months. (OCHA, 27 Jan 2018)
As of 20 March, there are a total of 557 affected population from the villages of Manot, Taragauo, Dong Sarakbano, Niukatnam and Rumgio staying at the Dan Dan care centre. It is anticipated that the affected population will remain at the care centre for the next three to six months before being resettled at a larger permanent site. This requires the Provincial Government to finalise details with the host community that is providing land and ensure that payment is made to the community for the land before the population of Kadovar will be able to resettle permanently. (IFRC, 20 Mar 2018)
Most read reports
- ECHO: Pacific Rim | Significant geophysical events, January 2018 – DG ECHO Daily Map | 01/02/2018. 1 Feb 2018
- OCHA: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 22 January 2018). 22 Jan 2018
- OCHA: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 January 2018). 15 Jan 2018
- ECHO: Philippines, Papua New Guinea - Volcanic eruptions | DG ECHO Daily Map | 23/01/2018. 23 Jan 2018
- AIT: Kadovar Island Volcanic Eruption, Papua New Guinea (24 January 2018). 6 Feb 2018
ALMOST 800 displaced people living at a care centre outside Wewak have requested for an audit into funds allocated by the National Government.
Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Richard Maru and Inter-Government Relations Minister and Wewak MP Kevin Isifu visited the Dandan Care Centre at Turubu.
They heard several concerns relating to welfare of the people of Kadovar Island following volcanic activity earlier this year.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was granted on 11 January 2018 for CHF 83,763 to the PNGRCS. The DREF reached 640 displaced people, who were evacuated from Kadovar Island after volcanic activity in the island.
On 5 January, volcanic activity on Kadovar Island, one of the six Schouten Islands of Papua New Guinea, prompted all 591 residents to evacuate. The islanders have been relocated to the Dandan Care centre, located in Turubu LLG (East Sepik Province). The 3.5 hectare site is located on a narrow strip of land physically bound by steep hills on the inland side and the sea. The ground is low-lying and sandy. It is prone to flooding during heavy rains as two running creeks (flowing from inland) flow through either side of the site as they flow out to sea.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
The remote Kadovar Island volcano became active on 5 January 2018 with mild volcanic activity on the south-eastern side of the island. The Governor’s office conducted an aerial assessment and observed lava flow on the island with an estimated 50-60 per cent of the island covered in lava. The entire population has been relocated to Blup Blup Island, which is an island of about 800 people.
Description of the event
A volcano on Papua New Guinea's Kadovar island has erupted, sending plumes of steam and ash 800m into the air with experts warning seismic activity beneath the volcano means an eruption could be imminent.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from the surrounding islands near Papua New Guinea's north coast with resources being deployed to support the relief effort. Flights around the area have been cancelled and ships warned to stay at a distance from the island.
This update is produced by the PNG Disaster Management Team Secretariat in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 17 January 2018. The next update will be issued on or around 31 January 2018.
The alert level for the Mayon Volcano has been raised to Level-4 due to increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining and explosions. The volcano spewed a 10-kilometer high ash column on 22 January, with authorities warning of an imminent hazardous eruption, possibly within days. The eruption resulted in moderate to heavy ash fall, with low-visibility reported in the towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, and Ligao located to the southwest of the volcano.
Papua New Guinea's Kadovar volcano continues to emit ash amid signs that the island may partially collapse.
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No loss of life
Homes were destroyed, left with only the clothes on their skin.
All 691 people of Kadavor Island are now at Dandan Village, Turubu LLG
ADRA PNG through the coordination of Sepik Mission was the first to reach the people of Kadavor Island for the initial assessment
The whole island is made up of Seventh-day Adventist Church members.
Special request from Kadavor Church members to have Bibles, Morning Watch, Lesson and other literature for them.
This update is produced by the PNG Disaster Management Team Secretariat in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 15 January 2018. The next update will be issued on or around 19 January 2018.
Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Kadovar Island became active on 5 January 2018 with volcanic activity.
The Kadovar population was evacuated to neighbouring Rup Rup island by 6 January with the East Sepik Provincial Government providing water and food relief as well as clothing.
by Reuters Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:42 GMT
"The people there, as the volcano erupted, they rushed immediately to escape"
By Alison Bevege
SYDNEY, Jan 14 (Reuters) - About 1,500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.
Kadovar volcano (Kadovar Island, East Sepik Province, north-east of Papua New Guinea), which started to erupt on 5 January, continues its activity.
According to media, as of 15 January at 7:30 UTC, the Governor East Sepik province has ordered the evacuation of 5 000 people from the three interested islands (Kadovar, Blup Blup and Bam) to the mainland.
In addition, media reported,as of the same date, 700 people already evacuated from Kadovar island to Blup Blup island and to Bam island.
At 04:00 UTC of 13 January, the VAAC Advisory from VAAC Darwin remains Orange.
By Yara Murray-Atfield
Papua New Guinea authorities order the evacuation of some 5,000 people from three islands amid fears of a volcanic eruption, as the country's Prime Minister directs national resources to assist in the disaster response.
This update is produced by the PNG Disaster Management Team Secretariat in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 12 January 2018. The next update will be issued on or around 16 January 2018