17 Apr 2018

Talks to firm plans for another Vanuatu evacuation

8:16 am on 17 April 2018

A Vanuatu Government official says talks are underway with the country's aid donors over plans to evacuate the people of Ambae Island.

The volcano on Ambae is belching a plume of smoke and ash.

The volcano on Ambae erupting last year. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

Ambae's Mt Lombenben first erupted in September prompting a mass evacuation of the 11,000 people livinig there.

Many returned after a month but renewed activity in recent weeks as prompted the government to issue a state of emergency and plan for another evacuation.

The government is speaking with landowners on Maewo and Pentecost about the provision of land where Ambae islanders could settle permanently.

But the government official says any evacuation would not be compulsory.

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