Papua New Guinea


Mount Mayon in December 2009

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for volcanoes in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

The activations have been requested by the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office.

In the Philippines, Mount Mayon, the country’s most active volcano, has been spewing lava since 13 January, leading to evacuations of over 40,000 residents from nearby villages. Authorities have has raised the alert level to four on a scale of five, indicating that an imminent eruption is expected within days, and expanded the exclusion zone to 8km around the volcano. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) acts as the... read more

Publishing Date: 23/01/2018
2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam over Vanuatu seen by MODIS (Image: NASA)

The Government of Papua New Guinea will set up a disaster risk reduction body, as announced by the country's ambassador to Japan, Gabriel Dusava, at last week's World Disaster Risk Reduction Conference (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan.

The body, tasked to liaise with with domestic and international organisations dealing with disaster-related issues, is ready to be implemented once financial matters are approved.

According to Radio New Zealand, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Pacific island nations must increase their defence against extreme weather event and disasters in the region, such as the Category-5... read more

Publishing Date: 23/03/2015
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