Over 10,000 displaced

More than 10,000 people have been displaced following the eruption of Mt Ulawun in West New Britain Province.

Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Sasindran Muthuvel, revealed this as temporary relief supplies were organised for locals already displaced.

Muthuvel said the eruption on June 26th caused distress and displaced people in Ulamona and Noau villages, and the estates of Ubili, Navo and Sabalbal.

“It is a challenging time for us in WNB, but together we will overcome and proud to see our 8 million brothers and sisters out there worried about us and doing everything to help us,” stated Muthuvel.

“I appeal for any donation in terms of funds or food or items like tents, water tanks, mosquito nets, clothes, medicines, roofing iron or any building materials and any of the above items would be helpful at this challenging time.”

Funding donations can be made to:

  • Account Name: WNBPG Disaster Emergency Trust Fund
  • Acc number: 6000355077
  • Cheque Account
  • Westpac, Kimbe

“Please do mention your name for deposit description,” added Muthuvel.

Meantime, Prime Minister James Marape, Pomio MP Elias Kapavore and Hela Governor Philip Undialu visited the volcano affected areas yesterday.

Muthuvel thanked:

  • National Government for funding commitment of K5m for disaster relief efforts
  • Governor Undialu for his support in K100,000 for relief efforts and spearheading the fundraising
  • Minister Kapavore’s commitment on behalf of Pomio District. (More than 1,200 people of Pomio District also have been affected on the other side of the Pandi River)
  • NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s commitment of K100,000 for relief efforts
  • Kandrian-Gloucester MP, Joseph Lelang, for his commitment and fundraising efforts

(Picture: West New Britain Provincial Government)

Press release