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Mount Iabu Unrest
Oct 26, 2004

Thousands Shelter from Volcano
Mount Iabu, in PNG's Madang province, started throwing up lava and ash on Sunday prompting authorities to advise nearly 4000 villagers on the island to move to safer ground. Officers from PNG's National Disaster Management Office were supplying fresh water to an estimated 4000 villagers forced to leave their homes during Sunday's eruption. He said about 2000 people were seeking shelter at a Catholic mission station on the island while thousands of others had moved downwind from the volcano to seek protection from the falling ash.