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21 Aug 2018 description

Save the Children in Vanuatu has set up large tents as temporary classrooms to help provide a sense of routine for children displaced by the Ambae eruption.

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20 Aug 2018 description

The number of early childhood and primary schools on Vanuatu's Maewo cannot accommodate about 800 children relocated there due to the Ambae volcanic eruption.

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14 Aug 2018 description

Vanuatu's government says the island of Ambae has been completely evacuated.

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10 Aug 2018 description

A state of emergency remains in place on the Vanuatu island of Ambae following an increase in volcanic activity in late July and a mass evacuation of the island is currently underway.

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10 Aug 2018 description

Vanuatu's National Provident Fund's general manager, Parmod Achary, has confirmed the agency victims from the Manaro volcanic ash fall can now claim up to 20 percent of their savings.

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07 Aug 2018 description

For the third time since September 2017, the Manaro Voui volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island has produced thick ash fall and gas emissions. The latest cycle of eruptions has blanketed the island with ash, including in areas not previously impacted. Many parts of the island are uninhabitable due to the impact on housing, crops and water sources. The Government of Vanuatu declared a state of emergency on 12 April 2018.

07 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The threat level of the Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae Island is now categorized as “minor eruption”, and has therefore increased from volcanic alert level two to level three.

  • The Government of Vanuatu’s Council of Ministers (COM) reinstated the State of Emergency on Ambae for two months – 26 July to 26 September 2018 - and ordered the immediate compulsory evacuation of all people in Ambae to nearby Maewo island.

07 Aug 2018 description

A volcano has been spewing ash since September, forcing the island's 11,000 residents to evacuate

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH Aug 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first boatload of people fleeing a volcano in Vanuatu has reached a neighbouring island, officials said on Friday, as the government began the compulsory evacuation of residents who may never be able to return.

Some were crying as they left the Pacific island of Ambae, where a volcano has been spewing ash since September, said a local official who watched the first boat leave.

06 Aug 2018 description

Chiefs from the western part of Ambae are again calling on the Vanuatu government to evacuate them to Santo rather than Maewo.

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03 Aug 2018 description

A community leader from the Vanuatu island of Santo is warning people fleeing the volcanic eruption on Ambae to think again about settling there.

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03 Aug 2018 description

Background

On 23rd September 2017, the activity level for Monaro volcano on Ambae Island (Penama Province) in Vanuatu was raised to Level 4 , which reflected a moderate state of eruption state. Communities began to experience volcanic hazards including flying rocks and volcanic gas, as well as ash-fall and acid-rain, which caused significant damage to garden crops. From 24th September, evacuations began for people living in high risk areas on Ambae and a state of emergency was declared until 24 October 2018.

CAN DO Response

02 Aug 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: CNMI, FSM, Kiribati

Other Updates:

Dengue

  • Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Kiribati. As of 31 July there have been 1,707 cases since February 2018; including 211 hospitalised cases and two deaths in children. The outbreak appears to be slowing down. Source Dengue-like illness SitRep No 26, Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

  • Dengue serotype-1 outbreak is ongoing in Wallis and Futuna.

State of emergency volcanic eruption

01 Aug 2018 description

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office says a mandatory evacuation of Ambae island will start later this week.

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31 Jul 2018 description

For the past week Ambae has been rocked by the largest eruptions since volcanic activity began in September 2017. Ashfall has rendered parts of the island dark in the middle of the day, crops and water sources have suffered severe damage and the Vanuatu Council of Ministers has ordered the island’s population of over 10,000 people be evacuated.

31 Jul 2018 description

The Vanuatu government has closed all schools on Ambae and is making plans to relocate the Penama Provincial Government to nearby Loltong on North Pentecost due to continuing ash fall from the island's volcano.

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31 Jul 2018 description

The Red Cross in Vanuatu has distributed survival kits to 1000 people on Ambae.

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30 Jul 2018 description

There are reports coming out of Vanuatu that there is no food to feed people who are waiting for transport to get off the volcanic island of Ambae, which is under a state of emergency and is being evacuated.

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27 Jul 2018 description

By Nick Fogarty and Catherine Graue

Key points:

  • About 11,000 people live on Ambae island

  • The Vanuatu Government has agreed to evacuate all residents

  • Hundreds have already left voluntarily as situation worsens

The population of an entire island in Vanuatu is set to be evacuated for the second time in less than a year because of an erupting volcano.

26 Jul 2018 description

Parts of Vanuatu's volcanic Ambae island are no longer safe but people will not be forced to evacuate, the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) says.

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