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27 Nov 2017 description

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company, which was established a year ago, is providing $US45 million dollars in insurance cover for five Pacific Island countries for the coming cyclone season.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank


For many Pacific Island countries, natural disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis, are an all-too common occurrence. Out of the top 15 most at-risk countries for natural disasters globally, four are Pacific Island countries, and Vanuatu is consistently at the top.

20 Nov 2017 description

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.

16 Nov 2017 description

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.”

15 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mala Silas

Mala Silas is a gender equality program officer with CARE International in Vanuatu.

PORT VILA, Vanuatu, Nov 15 2017 (IPS) - Here in Vanuatu, the ocean has been getting warmer and more acidic. Scientists are predicting that cyclone patterns will change, we’ll see heavier rainfalls, a wetter wet season and a drier dry season. We’re already seeing the sea rising six millimeters per year in the capital, Port Vila; higher than the global average.

14 Nov 2017 description

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.

10 Nov 2017 description

Situation Overview

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.

10 Nov 2017 description

Photographic evidence from Vanuatu's Ambae volcano over the past week confirms a volcanic cone island has been built in the lake on Manaro Voui.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

08 Nov 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.

06 Nov 2017 description

Composée de cinq agents de l’unité d’intervention de la sécurité civile (UISC), la mission de reconnaissance et d'évaluation menée par la DSCGR a duré du 4 au 8 octobre 2017. Il s'agissait de prendre contact avec les autorités locales, de recenser les sites assurant l’accueil d’urgence des personnes évacuées de l’île d’Ambaé, d'évaluer leurs conditions d’hébergement, leurs besoins ainsi que les risques sanitaires.

06 Nov 2017 description

The International Planned Parenthood Foundation says the evacuation of Vanuatu's Ambae has seen a spike in the need for sexual and reproductive health services.

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05 Nov 2017 description
report Logistics Cluster

When a disaster strikes, people everywhere are keen to assist, but the wrong donation at the wrong time can actually hinder instead of help relief efforts.

03 Nov 2017 description
report Caritas Australia

The Church Agencies Network Disaster Operation (CAN DO) have welcomed the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) announcement of an additional $750,000 in funding for over 10,000 people displaced by volcanic activity on Vanuatu's Ambae Island.

The entire population of Ambae Island was evacuated last month when the Manaro volcano threatened to erupt, with residents taken to shelters on neighbouring islands.

The Vanuatu Government has now facilitated the return of those evacuated back to their villages, as the volcano appears to have stabilised.

31 Oct 2017 description

Dozens of evacuees moved to the Vanuatu capital away from an erupting volcano are still waiting to return to their island.

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31 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

8,290 # of repatriated people

3,310 people # of displaced people

1,490 children # of displaced children


  • The Cabinet of the Government of Vanuatu (commonly known as the Council of Ministers) has approved the repatriation of the residents of Ambae Island and has extended the State of Emergency until 27 October to allow for a phased and dignified return.

27 Oct 2017 description

Parts of the Vanuatu island recovering from a month long volcanic eruption are facing a major water shortage.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

26 Oct 2017 description

Yesterday evening the boat Mv Aganda arrived at Lolopuepue with the first family of Ambae to return home. They are the first to return to their islands after the evacuation. They left the port of Samansen yesterday morning and arrived at the port of Lolopuepue yesterday in the evening. The first to arrive on the islands yesterday are the people who live from Nagire to the village of Lolopuepue. Lolopuepue is the port chosen to land the population of Ambae. The NDMO reported yesterday on repatriation after evacuation.

22 Oct 2017 description

The Council of Ministers has decided during its meeting this evening to repatriate over 11 000 people of Ambae to their island and villages. The repatriation will begin will depend on logisltic plan prepared by the NDMO. The COM has also agreed to extend the state of emergency to facilitate the repatriation.

Vanuatu government will be responsible for their repatriation.

20 Oct 2017 description

Ambae islanders will return to their villages as a volcano on the island appears to have stabilised.

The Vanuatu Government will start sending Ambae islanders back to their villages as a volcano on the island appears to have stabilised.

Ambae island was evacuated late last month when the Manaro volcano threatened to erupt, with its 11,000 residents taken to shelters on neighbouring islands.