9 Dec 2005

Vanuatu ships relief supplies to islanders forced from homes by volcano

11:43 am on 9 December 2005

Vanuatu citizens have grouped together to start sending relief supplies to Ambae islanders who've been forced from their homes by the erupting volcano, Mount Monaro.

The Daily Post reports that the chairman of the Port Vila Manaro Disaster Committee, Jean Sese, as saying they've drawn up a budget estimate for one month totalling US$273,000.

The one-month budget is to be used to buy food, including meat, water, tents, blankets, torches, lamps, fuel and medicine and other essential items for the victims.

Mr Sese says they aren't waiting for the government to make a decision on the budget but are sending a ship load of relief supplies from Luganville to Ambae.

Furthermore, a church in Luganville has sent food and other relief supplies to 500 people who live in a settlement not far from Nduindui in West Ambae.

Meanwhile, the Penama Provincial Council has reportedly passed a short-term budget estimate of US$127,000, which has been sent to the Department and Ministry of Internal Affairs for perusal.