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Thousands who fled Papua New Guinea’s volcano could return home soon

Mt Ulawun. Photo: Eroli Tamara. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

MT ULAWUN, Jul 15, 2019, RNZ. Mt Ulawun, in West New Britain, erupted three weeks ago, blanketing New Britain’s northern coast in thick ash, which killed crops and contaminated water supplies, reported the Radio New Zealand.

The UN says those people have been camped out at evacuation centres in conditions it describes as concerning.

It says there are major concerns there could be a disease outbreak, with a lack of access to water and poor sanitation and hygiene conditions.

However, it says the volcano has settled down and people should be able to start returning to their villages over the next week.

The provincial government downgraded its state of emergency on Friday.

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