PNG volcano awakens to destroy crops and homes

12:46 pm on 3 August 2015

There are reports children have been injured, and homes and crops destroyed, following a volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea's Madang province.

After close to 11 years, the volcano on Manam island erupted again on Friday.

The Post Courier says according to reports from villagers, two children were injured by stones which rained down from the volcano.

Both were taken to Bogia Health Centre and are recovering.

Scores of houses, food gardens and water sources were also destroyed, while two of the three schools, Boisa Elementary and Baliau Elementary has been shut down indefinitely.

This has been the first major volcanic activity since the 2004 eruptions, which had left thousands of islanders displaced and forced them into care-centres on the mainland in Sumkar and Bogia Districts.