Vanuatu's government has been urged to address the worsening situation faced by students relocated from volcano-affected Ambae Island.
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Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is an increased in total consultation from 1498 consultation in epiweek 24 to 2747 consultation in epiweek 25, with reporting rates same as epiweek 24 (55%) from the sentinel sites.
Changes from previous week: There is an increased in reported cases of influenza like illness in epiweek 24 and decreased in reported cases of Acute Fever and Rash, Prolonged Fever and Watery Diarrhea.
Total number of consultations and reporting rate:
There is an increased in total consultation from 2871 consultation in epiweek 23 to 3000 consultation in epiweek 24, with increased in reporting rates from (64%) in epiweek 23 to 73% in epiweek 24.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is an increased in total consultation from 1656 consultation in epiweek 22 to 2871 consultation in epiweek 23, with decreased in reporting rates from (91%) in epiweek 22 to 64% in epiweek 23.
• The threat level of the Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae Island is now categorized as “major unrest state” and was lowered from volcanic alert level three to level two.
• A voluntary assisted movement of Ambae Island residents to Maewo Island is being planned by the Government of Vanuatu, with four permanent relocation sites identified. Around 800 people are known to have already voluntarily left Ambae. Meanwhile, some 2,000 residents remain displaced on Ambae, living with host communities or in evacuation centres on the island.
Manaro Voui, the active volcano which forms the island of Ambae in Vanuatu, has been erupting since September last year, killing crops, polluting the air and water, and forcing people to flee their homes.
Recent eruptions have worsened, food crops and water sources are now severely contaminated. Heavy ashfall has destroyed homes and is thought to have caused a landslide that ripped through an entire village. Many areas of Ambae are now deemed uninhabitable for the near future.
Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
Today we announce that Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 will provide further assistance to support the Government of Vanuatu in response to the ongoing impact of volcanic activity on Ambae Island.
Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is a decreased in total consultation from 2064 consultation in epiweek 21 to 1438 consultation in epiweek 22, with decreased in reporting rates from (91%) in epiweek 21 to 82% in epiweek 22.
1. Situation Overview
- Volcanic activity has decreased and plants have started to grow.
PENAMA Provincial Health EOC is fully operational.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. While the vast majority of cases and deaths are in subSaharan Africa, malaria is also a public health threat in the Western Pacific region. In Vanuatu, malaria has historically been one of the leading causes of ill health, and the entire population is at risk of infection.
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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Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is a decreased in total consultation from 2226 consultation in epiweek 19 to 1997 consultation in epiweek 20, with decreased in reporting rates (64%) in epiweek 20.
Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is a slight increase in total consultation from 2167 consultation in epiweek 18 to 2226 consultation in epiweek 19, with no changes of reporting rates (82%) from previous week (18).
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.
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.
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.
Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is a slight decrease in total consultation from 2792 consultation in epiweek 16 to 2273 consultation in epiweek 17, with reporting rates 91% from 10 sentinel sites in epiweek 17.