In response to a request for assistance from the Vanuatu Government, Australia has pledged up to 20.5 million vatu to help people displaced by the increasingly active Lombenben volcano on Ambae.
Supporting its Pacific neighbour to respond to the crisis, Australia has released much needed supplies like food, water, shelter and hygiene kits for affected communities on Ambae and provide funding for surveillance flights over Ambae and Ambrym’s volcanoes. Assistance to the Vanuatu Police Force will also be provided to help with the movement of displaced communities, provide security and support relief operations.
Vanuatu’s RVS Tukoro departed Port Vila on Tuesday to deliver Australian supplies to affected communities through the Vanuatu Red Cross Society.
“Australia has responded to a request for assistance from the Vanuatu Government to help deliver much needed supplies to affected communities on Ambae. Australia is providing food, water and shelter to those displaced by Lombenben volcano,” said Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin.
On Monday 25 September, the Vanuatu Government issued a request through the FRANZ (France, Australia and New Zealand) partnership to provide assistance to the people of Ambae.
The Vanuatu Government, though the National Disaster Management Officer (NDMO), and in conjunction with the Penama Provincial Government, are coordinating the response to the natural disaster.