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18 Oct 2017 description

The Red Cross in Vanuatu says the return of evacuees to the volcanic island of Ambae is likely to staggered.

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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The Cabinet of the Government of Vanuatu (commonly known as the Council of Ministers) extended by two weeks the State of Emergency for the Monaro volcanic eruption. The Cabinet also instructed the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to prepare a repatriation plan by 19 October for Ambae Island residents.

16 Oct 2017 description

15°24’0”S 167°50’0”E Summit 4908ft (1496m)
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 3

Eruptive activity at Ambae is continuing in the minor eruption state; The Alert Level for Ambae volcano remains at Level 3.

16 Oct 2017 description

Situation Update

  • Council of Ministers decision main points:

    – State of Emergency extended for a further 2 weeks

    – NDMO & Penema Provincial Government to prepare a repatriation plan by next Thursday 19th October

Work completed yesterday

  • MoE establish a working group on psycho-social support for students

  • Shelter and WASH distributions in Luganville to evacuation centres including blankets, kitchen kits, tarpaulins, solar lights, hygiene kits

16 Oct 2017 description

The head of Unicef in Vanuatu says there will be serious logistical challenges in planning the return to Ambae.

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14 Oct 2017 description

Today we announce additional assistance for people affected by volcanic activity on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island, and the conclusion of the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the relief and recovery effort.

The additional assistance will enable NGOs and the Government of Vanuatu to extend affected communities’ access to basic services, including education and healthcare. It will allow displaced people to resume more normal lives following their evacuation to the nearby islands of Espiritu Santo, Maewo and Pentecost and upon their return to Ambae Island.

12 Oct 2017 description

Vanuatu Red Cross has almost emptied its warehouses as it works to provide much-needed relief to the communities evacuated from Ambae when the island’s volcano threatened to erupt.

Replacement supplies are now on route from Australia ahead of the cyclone season, which starts next month.

Some 11,000 people from the island are now being sheltered in schools, church grounds and sports fields on surrounding Santo, Pentecost and Maewo islands. Many have also been taken in by generous host communities.

12 Oct 2017 description

Rural communities in the Pacific that rely on fishing for subsistence and income face serious risks due to the degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting, and climate change.

The ongoing degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting of valuable species, and climate change (including more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures, and ocean acidification) are lowering the production of fish, which is the Pacific region’s primary source of protein.

12 Oct 2017 description

Heavy rain and bad weather have prevented dignitaries visiting evacuees on the Vanuatu island of Maewo.

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11 Oct 2017 description

Vanuatu and Fiji are experiencing climate-induced disasters that are continuously increasing in both scale and frequency. Both nations have been struck by a number of disastrous cyclones over the past three years – most notably Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu in 2015 and Cyclone Winston, which struck Fiji in 2016.

In response, ActionAid is supporting women in Fiji and Vanuatu to lead community efforts to strengthen their resilience to increasing disasters.

11 Oct 2017 description

Hundreds of children evacuated from around an erupting volcano in Vanuatu are being put up in new schools this week as they face more time away from their home island.

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10 Oct 2017 description

A state of emergency in Vanuatu has been extended for another two weeks after an erupting volcano forced thousands to flee.

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10 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster


This document provides an overview of responses to the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) online survey, conducted in preparation for the annual GSC Meeting. Findings are based on a total of 106 responses, as of 26 September 2017.

Participant profile

10 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Japan
  1. Today, October 5, upon the request of the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency relief goods (plastic sheets, blankets) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Vanuatu in response to the damage caused by the eruption of Monaro volcano.

  2. Upon the request of the Government of Vanuatu, and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and Vanuatu, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency assistance to Vanuatu to meet its humanitarian needs.

10 Oct 2017 description

The Red Cross in Vanuatu says volcano evacuees urgently need more tents, spare clothes, blankets and washing kits.

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10 Oct 2017 description

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced a further $700,000 of support to Vanuatu for communities impacted by the evacuation from Ambae.

“More than 10,000 people are in temporary accommodation following a precautionary evacuation from Ambae Island due to the volcanic activity,” Mr Brownlee says.

“We are continuing to work with the Government of Vanuatu and other partners to support the response.

08 Oct 2017 description

Mothers in evacuation centres on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu say they are worried for their children's education in the wake of the volcano evacuation.

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