Vanuatu preparing for a permanent evacuation at Ambae island.

The South Pacific island nation Vanuatu is preparing for the permanent evacuation of the entire population from the Ambae island due to the volcanic erosion in the Mount Monaro. The island was temporarily evacuated last September when the erosion began. The people are badly affected by the thick ash spewing from the volcano which destroyed all the cultivation and polluted the water & air.

The authorities are approved a relocation plan by next week. People have mixed feeling about the plans. The government spokesman Hilaire Bule said; “It’s not an easy task, the Islanders would be offered residence on two neighboring islands including schools, hospitals and negotiating land and new homes”.

Ambae is about 400 square kilometers and is one of about 65 inhabited islands in Vanuatu. The people were associated with the farming and fishing. Already hundreds of people have moved to temporary shelters.

Australia announced $226,000 to help the evacuation process. France and Newzealand also provided all the aid to the country.

 

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