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Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. A country of immense cultural and biological diversity, it’s known for its beaches and coral reefs. Inland are active volcanoes, granite Mt. Wilhelm, dense rainforest and hiking routes like the Kokoda Trail. There are also traditional tribal villages, many with their own languages. ― Google

Capital: Port Moresby

Population: 8.947 million (2020) World Bank

Continent: Oceania

Currency: Papua New Guinean kina

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On 20 November 2023, Mount Ulawun volcano on the border of the West New Britain (WNB) and East New Britain (ENB) provinces erupted, spewing ash plumes. The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory reported that seismicity was high, showing an upward trend but at a reduced rate and thus recommended that the Alert Level be upgraded to Stage 4. The volcano eruption caused mass displacement across the affected areas. IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) site assessment tool was rolled out in WNB and ENB within a week following the eruption and identified 8,565 persons (1,707 Households [HH]) displaced from the local villages in WNB and ENB.1 Another 8,544 displaced individuals (private sector companies’ evacuees) are hosted by their employers (Hargy Oil Palm and Navo Mill) in WNB and are not accounted for in the DTM assessment. Combined, the total number of displaced persons, company evacuees and local villagers, is 17,109. The situation remains fluid and information presented in this report may continue to evolve.

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Humanitarian Impact
  17,109
      Affected Persons
                ↳ Updated: 19-Dec-23
1,707
        Families
  8,544
        Displaced Persons

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