Summary of population affected and reached with emergency shelter assistance
The entire population of Ambae Island (10,869 people / 2,912 households) was evacuated mainly to the three adjacent islands: Espiritu Santo in Sanma Province; and Pentecost and Maewo in Penama Province. Some people went to the capital city Port Vila independently.
An account of the Ambae situation reported on the 15 Nov by Disaster officer, Manson Taridenga addressed existing issues and needs currently facing the people of Ambae.
As part of the recovery program for the Ambae repatriates, the Water and Sanitation Cluster are cleaning and testing water quality in wells, tanks and carrying out water and sanitation awareness at the same time.
“Though a few wells have been declared safe, there is still fear of it still being contaminated as acid rain continuously falls especially in the West and Southern part of Ambae.”
For island communities in Vanuatu, access to information is important in decision making in their daily lives.
A key link is the climate and weather information provided by the Meteorology office and for the island of Ambae it now has an Automatic Weather Station providing timely and accurate data – a transition from the manual observations by weather officers which has been costly to the government and inefficient in terms of inconsistency on weather data recordings.
Ambae volcano remains at Alert Level 3.
The State of Emergency on Ambae finished last week.
All general repatriations to Ambae are completed. Some people remain on host islands, including some students, some people with special needs and others who voluntarily chose to remain.
The operational hub for the response has moved from Luganville to East Ambae.
The Penema Provincial Government has re-established services on Ambae and continues to hold regular coordination meetings.
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.