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17 Jul 2019 description

Efforts are underway to resettle thousands of people displaced by a volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

12 Jul 2019 description

This update is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 18:00 05 July to 18:00 12 July 2019 (GMT +10). The next report will be issued if there are new developments or significant changes in the situation.

HIGHLIGHTS

• On 26 June, the Ulawun volcano in West New Britain erupted. The eruption ceased after 24 hours.

• Gaps remain in addressing evacuees’ needs at care centres, including sanitation and hygiene. Disease outbreaks remain a concern.

08 Jul 2019 description

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

An estimated 13,300 people remain in eight evacuation sites in West New Britain Province and 2,500 people remain in an evacuation site in East New Britain Province, following an eruption on Mt. Ulawun on 26 June. In West New Britain, 86 per cent of those displaced are staying in government-run care centres. Shelter types vary across the six sites, with around 16 per cent of people reportedly staying in open spaces or with no shelter.

05 Jul 2019 description

This infographic presents findings from sites hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in West New Britain Province after the eruption of Ulawun Volcano on 26 June 2019. Presented are findings from six (6) IDP sites namely Soi, Bakada*, Gigipuna-VJ Camp, Sabali Beach, Kabaya* and Koasa. It is reported that there are IDPs at Barema which is located in the Hargy Palm Oil Company’s plantation.

05 Jul 2019 description

This update is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 18:00 02 July to 18:00 05 July 2019 (GMT +10). The next report will be issued if there are new developments or significant changes in the situation.

HIGHLIGHTS

• On 26 June, the Ulawun volcano in West New Britain erupted. The eruption ceased after 24 hours.

04 Jul 2019 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster This operation supports the unfolding situation in Papua New Guinea in response to two volcanic eruptions that took place during the last week of June.

02 Jul 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• On 26 June, the Ulawun volcano in West New Britain erupted. The eruption ceased after 24 hours.

• Approximately 13,250 people have moved to at least 9 care centre sites in West New Britain.

• On 28 June, the Manam volcano in Madang began actively emitting volcanic ash and superheated pyroclastic flows to the west and northeast slopes of the volcano.

• Approximately 3,775 people have moved to three care centres on the mainland in Madang.

02 Jul 2019 description
report The National

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK and JEFFREY ELAPA

THE Government has allocated K5million to the victims of Mt Ulawun volcano in West New Britain as immediate relief to help feed them.

“Hela Governor Philip Undialu and Pomio MP Elias Kapavore, the Health Minister, are putting in a total of K600,000 as the Government seeks ways to provide immediate relief to about 15,000 people affected by last week’s eruptions.

Conditions on West New Britain worsened as thick, black smoke and lava oozing from the volcano continued to contaminate food, water and crops in the gardens.

01 Jul 2019 description

By Jordan Fennell on Pacific Beat

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape has visited those forced to evacuate after last week's volcanic eruptions, promising disaster relief in the form of financial assistance and will also send the country's defence force in to help.

Mr Marape visited the island of New Britain where Mount Ulawun erupted displacing over 12 thousand people.

He pledged that his government would give Mount Ulawun evacuees $5 million kina (AUD$2 million) to help provide water and shelter.

29 Jun 2019 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has yet to determined that external assistance requirement.

The situation

28 Jun 2019 description

This update is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 18:00 27 June to 18:00 on 28 June 2019 (GMT +10). The next report will be issued if there are new developments or significant changes in the situation.

HIGHLIGHTS

• On 26 June, the Ulawun volcano in East New Britain erupted.

• Approximately 11,000 people have evacuated to at least 11 care centre sites in West and East New Britain.

28 Jun 2019 description
report The National

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK in Kimbe

KIMBE disaster officers and volunteers are working round the clock to mobilise the evacuation of some 15,000 people in East Nakanai following the eruption of Mt Ulawun in Bialla, West New Britain (WNB), on Wednesday morning.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Disaster Centre has declared a Category 2 volcanic eruption, making evacuation mandatory for all villagers.

28 Jun 2019 description

By Tracey Shelton, Natalie Whiting and Catherine Graue

Key points:

  • Manam Island is one of PNG's most active volcanoes and is home to roughly 9,000 people

  • An estimated 15,000 people have been evacuated in West New Britain province

  • The provincial government has allocated 2.5 million kina, just under $34,000

27 Jun 2019 description

Mount Ulawun in West New Britain Province (New Britain island) erupted magmatic gas, ash and lava flows on 25 June at 22.00 UTC after increased activity in recent weeks. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people voluntarily evacuated the immediate vicinity of Ulawun, according to the National Disaster Centre. The ash plume is moving generally south but has slowed in recent hours. Air Niugini has cancelled flights to Hoskins Airport until further assessments are made. The cluster system is to be activated in response to food, water, shelter and non food item needs among the evacuees.

27 Jun 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• On 26 June, the Ulawun volcano in East New Britain erupted and began emitting ash plumes up to 20,000 metres.

• About 12,000 people in West New Britain and 4,000 people in East New Britain have been affected by the eruption. About 6,800 people have evacuated and are in two care centres in West New Britain.

• The West New Britain provincial authorities are assessing the affected area. The volcanic activity is subsiding, and the alert level is expected to be lowered from level 2 to 1.

SITUATION OVERVIEW