27 Sep 2017

Volcano evacuees fearful as shelters run out

From , 6:04 am on 27 September 2017

There is growing fear among evacuees on the Vanuatu island of Ambae with shelter starting to run out as thousands more flee the erupting Manaro Voui volcano.

Around half of the island population of 10,000 have already been evacuated from the danger zone around the volcano.

But residents say ash fall is affecting more communities and people are being scared by the booming of the volcanic eruptions which they say are louder than they have heard before.

The chairman of Ambae's disaster committee Manuel Amu told Koroi Hawkins they are in desperate need of temporary shelters as two to three thousand more people are expected to arrive at evacuation centres set up on the western and eastern sides of the island.