Friday, December 09, 2005

Committee provides help for families in Vanuatu

It is estimated that it will cost the Manaro Disaster Committee Vt30 million (US$266,000) a month to feed and clothe people on Ambae Island displaced by the recent volcanic activity on the island.
Committee chairman, Jean Sese said they are forging ahead with the relief effort instead of waiting for the Vanuatu government to act, Vanuatu Daily Post reports.

“We are not waiting for government to make a decision on the budget but are sending a ship load of supplies from Luganville to Ambae tonight (last night) and another ship load from Port Vila next week,” Mr Sese said.

Immediately after the formation of the committee last Friday (02 Dec), it received Vt148, 200 (US$1,300) as assistance for families displaced by the volcanic eruptions.

Meanwhile, scientists in Vanuatu monitoring Mount Manaro volcano, which has been emitting ash and gas for more than a week on the island of Ambae, have reported activity has lessened over the last 24 hours.

The director of the Disaster Management Centre, Job Esau says more than 2,000 people are living in emergency accommodation although hundreds are refusing to leave their settlements near the volcano.

Scientists say seismic activity is less and gas emissions have reduced by 25 percent, but the level of alert remains the same, because the volcanic cone is increasing which could cause more dry ash to fall.

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