9 May 2018

EU announces support for communities on Vanuatu's Ambae

7:18 pm on 9 May 2018

The European Union has announced it will provide over $US142,000 to channel emergency assistance to volcano affected communities on Vanuatu's Ambae Island.

The Ambae volcano

The Ambae volcano Photo: Supplied/ Brad Scott

Last month, the Vanuatu government declared a state of emergency on the island after increased volcanic activity covered much of the landscape in ash.

The EU said the aid would directly benefit up to 5000 people in some of the worst-hit areas in southern and eastern parts of the island.

The funding would support the Vanuatu Red Cross Society in delivering essential relief items, such as tarpaulins, shelter tool kits, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen sets, solar lights, mosquito nets, and hygiene kits, it said.

Awareness activities would also be conducted on water filtration, hygiene promotion and epidemic control.

Psycho-social support would also be provided and a cash transfer programme would be initiated through the supply of pre-paid phone credit vouchers to encourage family communication and support.

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