KADOVAR- About 1,500 people have been evacuated from the island of Kadovar after a volcano erupted there on Friday, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.
Kadovar is located about 24km north of the Papua New Guinea mainland. The volcano starting erupting on January 5 and after several days it exploded on Friday, spreading red hot lava everywhere.
“The people there, as the volcano erupted, they rushed immediately to escape. So they are in immediate need of food, water, shelter and clothing as well,” PNG Red Cross secretary general Uvenama Rova said.
The evacuees are being moved to the mainland. International Red Cross is providing about 87,000 kina ($26,274) and Australian government is contributing A$25,000 ($19,775) to help the relief efforts.