Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Manam Volcano (Papua New Guinea)

Eighty percent of children who were evacuated from Manam Island after the volcanic eruptions in December 2004 and January 2005 are suffering from malnutrition, according to staff from Madang Hospital in Papua New Guinea. The food supplies to the care centres have been unable to provide children with a balanced diet. Thirty percent of children are suffering from severe malnutrition. Famine is the forgotten killer of volcanic eruptions. About 10,000 people from Manam Island were evacuated to camps on the mainland, and have been cut off from their gardens and fishing areas, and are dependent on food aid, which has not been adequate to meet their nutritional requirements.
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