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17 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The threat level for Manaro Voui Volcano on Ambae Island in Vanuatu was decreased in late September from volcanic alert level 3 to a level 2, as the possibility that its activity will escalate is considered low.

  • The Government of Vanuatu’s Council of Ministers has extended a state of emergency for Ambae Island to 26 November 2018, and resettlement to Ambae Island is prohibited until the state of emergency lapses.

09 Oct 2018 description

Situation Overview

  • In late September the Vanuatu Meteorology & Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) decreased the Ambae Volcano activity to level 2. There is no evidence that the activity level will further decrease in the short term.

  • COM decision 149/2018 approved the Maewo Chiefs Plan (Plan A) to adopt Ambae evacuated families on a case by case, family and community basis into Maewo tribe.

09 Oct 2018 description

Ambae people displaced by volcano offered land on Maewo

Two landmark ceremonies orchestrated by the Chiefs of Maewo on 2 and 3 October 2018 will now ensure that the people of Ambae could begin using the land for both food production and construction of shelters in two relocation sites – Sanasum and Naruru.

08 Oct 2018 description

Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is increased in total number of consultation from 2,305 consultation in epiweek 38 to 2,798 consultation in epiweek 39, with decreased in reporting rates from 73% in epiweek 38 to 45% in epiweek 39 from the sentinel sites.

04 Oct 2018 description

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office is urging Ambae evacuees to be patient during the extended state of emergency due to their island's volcanic activity.

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01 Oct 2018 description

Situation Overview

  • Council of Ministers (COMs) decision 149/2018 extended the State of Emergency on the island of Ambae until the 26th November 2018.

  • The COMs decision have also approved the Maewo Chiefs Plan (Plan A) to adopt Ambae Evacuated families into the Maewo tribes, on a case by case, family, community basis through customary adoption and integration for the families to be resettled in Maewo.

01 Oct 2018 description

In Vanuatu the people of Ambae are today marking what they call the "Ambae Exodus" to remember the first evacuation from the island after the eruption of the Manaro volcano in September last year.

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28 Sep 2018 description

Port Vila – Vanuatu this week (26 September) launched a National Policy on Climate Change and Disaster-Induced Displacement with support from the IOM Development Fund (IDF).

Sudden and slow-onset disasters are increasing features of life in the Pacific island nation. In the last two months alone, 11,000 people have been displaced from Ambae island due to an eruption of its Manaro volcano, triggering a whole-of-government response to meet their needs and the needs of the neighbouring island communities now supporting them.

28 Sep 2018 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (27 September 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Vanuatu today signed a $500,000 grant agreement to support the second Vanuatu Manaro Volcano Disaster Response Project. Up to $150,000 of the amount can be used for emergency and humanitarian costs, which the government has incurred to date in response to the disaster.

The agreement was signed by Executive Director Mr. In-chang Song representing Vanuatu on the ADB Board of Directors and ADB Pacific Department Director General Ms. Carmela Locsin at a ceremony at ADB headquarters.

23 Sep 2018 description

AMBAE VOLCANO
15°24’0”S 167°50’0”E Summit 4908ft (1496m)
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 2

Ambae volcano is in the major unrest state. The Volcanic Alert Level is lowered to Level 2 .

Ambae volcano activity becomes stable. The current volcanic activity is consistent with Volcanic Alert Level 2. Possible imminent eruption could occur at any time in such major unrest state. The Danger Zone for life safety is now limited at 2 km radius from the active vent and areas located in the Yellow Zone (See Map below).

20 Sep 2018 description

Handing over ceremony of power equipment tools to Vanuatu Government

The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided the Government of Vanuatu with critical equipment today, which can be deployed for rebuilding community infrastructure for people relocating to surrounding islands and following natural disasters.

18 Sep 2018 description

The State of Emergency for the Vanuatu island of Ambae has been extended for a further two months.

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17 Sep 2018 description

Approximately 200 people who fled Vanuatu's Manaro volcano have been delivered beds and mattresses after initially having to sleep on the floor at a seafront terminal in Santo's Luganville Town.

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12 Sep 2018 description

A landslide on Vanuatu's island of Maewo has left hundreds of villagers without homes.

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10 Sep 2018 description

Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is an increased in total number of consultation from 1,867 consultation in epiweek 34 to 2,801 consultation in epiweek 35, with increased in reporting rates from 55% in Epiweek 34 to 91% in epiweek 35 from the sentinel sites.

07 Sep 2018 description

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 delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture, Honorable Matai Seremaiah is currently in Maewo, to visit the host communities and to observe the work of the FSAC (Food Security & Agriculture cluster).

31 Aug 2018 description

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.

  • The recent COM’s Decision 133/2018 dated 28th August 2018, has approved that the Government and its humanitarian partners provide support in terms of food and relief items for the displaced Ambaeans who have voluntarily moved to Santo.

29 Aug 2018 description

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat for the following coasts, stating:

  • TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF FIJI... NEW CALEDONIA... AND VANUATU.