1 Feb 2005

PNG's Manam Island now uninhabited after latest volcanic eruption

4:23 pm on 1 February 2005

Papua New Guinea's national disaster centre says the entire population on Manam island has now been evacuated, after the latest eruption of the island's volcano.

A series of eruptions that began in October led to the evacuation of most of its population in December.

The remaining population, up to 1500, were evacuated yesterday.

The most recent eruption has claimed the life of one elderly man and a number of youths have injuries from burns.

It has also caused extensive destruction on the island.