Tuesday, May 17, 2005

US Navy helps islanders displaced by volcanic eruptions

A giant US Navy hospital ship has arrived off Papua New Guinea to provide medical aid to thousands of islanders displaced by volcanic eruptions on Manam Island.

The USNS Mercy's medical teams will provide assistance to residents of Madang and to about 9000 islanders evacuated to temporary camps on the mainland after the Manam eruptions in October and November.

The aid program to assist the islanders so far has been labelled a disaster, with accusations of mismanagement and misuse of funds by disaster relief officials as food and other aid failed to reach the camps where the young and elderly are now dying.

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