By Annette Kora -EMTV News, Port Moresby
The International Organization for Migration (or IOM) in close cooperation with the National Disaster Centre (NDC), the West New Britain Provincial Administration and the Biala Local Level Government is supporting the government to collect demographic data on the displaced to help inform evidence based humanitarian responses following Mt Ulawun Volcanic activities.
Since Mt Ulawun’s initial eruption in June, IOM deployed its Displacement Tracking Matrix Teams and has so far completed two rounds of DMT assessments in West New Britain.
The second assessment identifying water, sanitation and shelter among the needs of those displaced across the eight sites accessed including the two care centres – Bakada and Kabaya.
In partnership with Red Cross PNG, IOM also registered households displaced to Bakada and Kabaya care centres following National Disaster Centres requests.
The IOM will work with providing data to support the response to displaced people in West New Britain.
Data gathered through the DMT is providing information to government, local authorities and humanitarian partners on gaps and needs, displacement patterns and monitoring to inform the coordinated and targeted delivery of aid to those most in need in care centers.
It will also support return planning.