24 Apr 2018

Vanuatu Govt gets multiple offers of land for Ambae victims

From , 3:03 pm on 24 April 2018

The Vanuatu Government says it has received a number of offers of land to accommodate Ambae Islanders forced to move by the latest volcanic eruption.

The Manaro Voui crater on Mount Lombenben which began erupting in September last year, prompting a short term evacuation, intensified last month.

The government is encouraging the about 11,000 Ambae islanders to leave and has had cabinet ministers speaking with landowners and chiefs on close by Maewo, Santo, Pentecost and Malakula.

The minister of internal affairs, Andrew Napuat, spoke with Don Wiseman about the evacuation plans.

Evacuees from Ambae being registered as they arrive at Espiritu Santo.

Photo: RNZI / Koroi Hawkins