NEOC Situation Update: Ambae Volcanic Activity Situation Report 18 (16:30 22nd August 2018)


Situation Overview

 A State of Emergency is in place on the island of Ambae until the 26th September 2018.

 The Vanuatu Meteorology and GeoHazard Department has the Ambae Volcano at Alert Level 3.

 A full, compulsory evacuation of the island of Ambae has been completed.

 The populations who have relocated to Maewo have now settled into host communities and host families. Registration of evacuees is expected to be completed by next week.

 Maewo Emergency Operations Center is aware of the number of issues raised by Maewo Evacuees and is coordinating clusters and humanitarian partners response activities on ground and are working on supporting the provision of services in the host communities.

 Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) through the Emergency Tele-communications Cluster has provided better internet links for the Maewo main operational hub to ensure effective information exchange though internet. Further to that TVL is working on upgrading its telecommunications services in Maewo, while Digicel is working on building a new tower in Maewo.

 The National Bank of Vanuatu has increased its service by operating 5 days a week, commencing this week.

 The FRANZ partners travelled to Maewo on the 21st of August 2018. The purpose of the trip was to do site visits to host communities and to meet with the Maewo EOC team to get an overview of how their assistance has contributed to the livelihood of the evacuees and to identify the gaps that still needs to be addressed.

 The Sanma Provincial Emergency Operation Center is working closely with the Gender & Protection and the Health cluster to support the evacuees with special needs.

 Humanitarian partners on-ground include World Food Program (WFP), Unicef, Save the Children, ADRA and Care International