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24 May 2018 description

Vanuatu's national co-ordinator for emergency medical teams says the threat of infectious disease is an acute concern on the volcanically active Ambae Island.

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23 May 2018 description
report Start Network

A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.

The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.

22 May 2018 description

Vanuatu's National Disaster office says only about 10 percent of the population are expected to take up the government's offer of help to evacuate the volcanic island of Ambae.

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14 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Following, the Government of Vanuatu’s declaration of a threemonth state of emergency on Ambae Island from 13 April to 13 July, the entire population of the Island is set to be permanently relocated.
    By 15 May, it is expected that the registration of all Ambae residents by the Civil Registry and Vital Statistics Office will be completed.

  • Four permanent relocation sites have been identified in the nearby island of Maewo, where 19 communities have agreed to host 3,000 Ambae evacuees as they relocate to new settlement sites.

11 May 2018 description

The people of Vanuatu's volcanic Ambae Island can voluntary evacuate to nearby Maewo, the government says.

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09 May 2018 description

Suva, Fiji 09 May 2018 – Following the eruption of the Ambae volcano, in the northern part of Vanuatu, the European Union is providing €120 000 (VUV 15988 416) to channel emergency assistance to the affected communities. The aid will directly benefit up to 5 000 people in some of the worst-hit areas in southern and eastern parts of Ambae Island, including Santo, Maewo, and Pentecost.

09 May 2018 description

Eight secondary schools on Vanuatu's Ambae will be moved to schools on other islands due to the continuing volcanic eruption, the government says.

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07 May 2018 description

The latest eruption on Ambae island in Vanuatu produced more ash than last year's event, volcanologists say.

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04 May 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

During the night of Friday the 22 September 2017, the province of Penama in Vanuatu, was elevated to an Alert Level 4 ‘Moderate eruption state’ due to elevated activity of Manaro volcano on the island of Ambae. On Thursday 28 September A State of Emergency was declared for the entire island and on Thursday 28 September and a full, compulsory evacuation of the 11,000 residents of Ambae island was ordered to nearby islands of Espiritu Santo, Pentecost and Maewo. The volcano subsided somewhat and residents that chose to were repatriated by 30th October 2017.

03 May 2018 description

Today we announce further humanitarian assistance to support the Government of Vanuatu respond to the latest volcanic eruption on Ambae Island.

For the second time since September 2017, volcanic ash has covered Ambae Island, making it largely uninhabitable and triggering its evacuation. Ash fall and acid rain have damaged crops, contaminated water sources, and pose serious long-term health and safety risks to more than 10,000 people. The Government of Vanuatu declared a state of emergency on 12 April and plans to relocate Ambae Island communities to neighbouring islands.

01 May 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • So Far 16, 850 L has been used or distributed

  • 11,119 cartons of water has been distributed

A. CONTEXT

The situation on Ambae remains the same, there is a lessening on the ash fall however it still poses a threat to the communities of Ambae, due to high Turbidity in the water. There are two clean water sources that are used on the island, saratamata water system and Loone bore hole located on the western part of Ambae.

27 Apr 2018 description

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced a further $500,000 package of support to the Government of Vanuatu as it plans to relocate affected communities to safe sites off Ambae Island following ongoing volcanic activity.

This brings the total New Zealand support to the response to $2.5 million since September last year.

“Two New Zealand Defence Force aircraft will fly from Auckland to Luganville carrying over 22 tonnes of relief supplies including mother and infant kits, family hygiene kits, jerry cans, shelter tool kits and tarpaulins,” said Mr Peters.

27 Apr 2018 description

Executive Summary

Vanuatu remains one of the most vulnerable countries on the planet to the negative effects of climate change & natural disasters.

The simultaneous disasters of the Ambae Manaro Voui Volcano (September 2017 – present) and severe Tropical Cyclone Hola (March 2018) have placed extreme pressure on the Government of Vanuatu and the affected populations of PENAMA & MALAMPA Provinces. The situation continues to evolve, as evidenced by the destructive Wailembui Flash flood and Landslide on 31 March 2018.

27 Apr 2018 description
infographic Government of Vanuatu

BACKGROUND

A state of emergency is still in force in the whole of Ambae until 13 July and the whole island has been declared a disaster zone. The government’s priority is to move families to safe locations. The situation on Ambae has deteriorated with traditional houses and trees collapsing under the weight of the toxic ash, grazing lands becoming unusable and both food and water sources contaminated. There have also been reports of diarrhea and skin ailments occurring but these would have to be confirmed by health officials.

27 Apr 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 583 Evacuees relocated to 9 camps in East Ambae

  • WASH Emergency Response Team of 7 Officers deployed to Ambae and stationed at Saratamata

  • 700 bottled water distributed in all Camps

  • Water trucking has delivered 500lt of water to all camps

  • MFAT WASH Kits and Hygiene Kits have arrived in East Ambae and stored at Lolowai

A. CONTEXT

26 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Following increased volcanic activity by the Monaro Volcano earlier on in the month, the Government of Vanuatu declared a threemonth state of emergency on Ambae Island from 13 April to 13 July.

• The entire population of Ambae Island is set to be permanently relocated following heavy ash fall, acid rain, flooding and landslides caused by both volcanic activity and heavy rainfall following two recent tropical cyclones.

26 Apr 2018 description

The Council of Chiefs on Vanuatu's Santo island has reportedly agreed to resettle 11,000 people from volcanically active Ambae.

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25 Apr 2018 description

As Vanuatu's government prepares to evacuate Ambae Island after volcanic activity intensified, volcanoes on other islands remain in a state of unrest.

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24 Apr 2018 description

Another mass evacuation from Vanuatu's Ambae could cost $US1.8 million, disaster authorities say.

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