Manam Update: Affected Villages in dire need of support

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By Martha Loius – EMTV News, Madang

The Madang Provincial Administration have visited the five affected villages on Manam Island to inspect the damages caused by the recent eruption.

Provincial Administrator, John Bivi, and a team of officials visited the Islanders and have made plans to find land on mainland Bogia to resettle the affected islanders.

The continuous eruptions on the island have left many villagers without shelter, food and clean drinking water for days.

The five worse affected villages on Manam Island needs urgent support from both the Provincial and National Governments.

The Islanders have fled their homes and sought refuge with their families and relatives following the recent eruption.

Water sources like wells and streams are no longer safe for drinking and cooking, making it more difficult for villagers to live on the island.

Iabu LLG Acting President, Kenny Boli, says copra is the main commodity that the Islanders use to generate income to help them with necessities – Islanders depend on the revenue generated from this cash crop to pay for their children’s school fees.

However, the recent eruptions that had been occurring since August 25th last year had destroyed all their coconut plantations.

Possible health hazards is another concern for the Islanders.

Martha Louis

is a crime and court journalist based at EMTV’s Lae office. She has just joined the television industry after spending two and a half years as a radio journalist. She has a Bachelor in Communication Arts (Journalism) from the Divine Word University in Madang.

Martha Louis