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Villagers donate boat load of food to care centre

BY PETERSON TSERAHA

Relief supplies for the victims of the Bagana Volcano are still pouring in and emergency evacuations are still underway as more people flock to care centres.

After quite a wait, the PNGDF have now been given the all-clear to deliver relief supplies to Torokina.

Latest reports received by Post-Courier from sources on the ground state that the volcano continues to spew ash, and at night the lava flow can be seen from the beach front.

Health workers have reported many cases of eye-sore and diarrhoea in kids in the care centres.

Schools remain suspended, but there is a plan in place to begin temporary classes in the care centres – especially for grade 8 students.

The only hurdle now is the movement of people living witn disabilities (PLWD).

PLWD Bougainville chairperson Sione Atua wants the Government, NGOs and other relevant agencies to assist PLWDs.

“I appeal to the Government and other agencies to step in and address this issue of PLWDs, we don’t want to hear a story of one of us PLWD choking to death from the volcanic ash,” Mr Atua said.

“We are part of everything that goes on and we have to be evacuated just like everyone else,” he said.