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Papua New Guinea deploys army after major volcanic eruption

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 28, 2019
Troops have been sent to help thousands of people displaced by a volcanic eruption on a remote archipelago in Papua New Guinea, as a second volcano erupted just days after the eruption of Mount Ulawun.
Papua volcano
Pacific   The governor is already on the ground assessing the situation
Lava and ash flow from Mount Ulawun have subsided, but between 7000 and 13,000 people are believed to have been displaced and a state of emergency has been declared.

"We will mobilise the military to go in and assess the situation, and we will despatch the military to assist on the ground," Prime Minister James Marape said.

"The governor is already on the ground assessing the situation, and once I receive the report, we will see how we can best assist."

Local MP Joseph Lelang said as many as 13,000 people may have been displaced and 1000 have lost their homes, while Leo Porikura, an official with the West New Britain Disaster Office, put the number of displaced at around 7000.

"Our focus now is providing relief supplies to the people affected by the volcanic eruption," he said