Damage to bananas in Malaguna village -- about 45,000 people lost their gardens

14-09-27 P1170723 grden damage, Malex

More dead vegetation at Malaguna adjacent to Rabaul town. The fall of dust has transformed the bitumen road in the foreground to a dirt road. This scene should be a riot of green; instead, what remains of the green hardly shows through the gray dust. The loss of bananas is a huge blow; cooking bananas are a staple in this area. In the end, the ash and dust kill off the food gardens of upwards of 45,000 people and render many villages virtually uninhabitable for weeks. P1170723

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