Mt Bagana

Relief supplies for Mt Bagana survivors

Its second and third eruptions occurred on the 15th and 17th of July respectively, affecting the local level government areas of Torokina, Wakunai and Kunua, in the respective districts of South, Central and North Bougainville.

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has estimated that the eruption has affected 8,111 people, with heavy ashfall polluting drinking water sources, destroying food gardens and closing schools.

Bougainville’s Mt Bagana spews out ash

The surrounding jungles, especially the leaves on trees are all covered in volcanic ash.

Drinking water has also gone scarce due to little creeks being covered in ash, and permanent houses were forced to remove the rain gutters away from tanks, because the roof tops are all covered in ash too.

Head of Red Cross mission on Bougainville Stanley Hasagoni told PNG Loop that it wasn’t that too bad but they have to be prepared in future because it is predicted the worst could come.

Miners flee as Mt Bagana spews ash in AROB

Reports reaching  Loop PNG in Buka indicates that since three o’clock Bougainville standard time last Thursday  the volcano started spewing heavy ash covering food gardens and chasing gold miners down towards the coast.

An alluvial gold miner who wishes to remain anonymous told Loop PNG by mobile phone last night that authorities have already been notified.

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