Vanuatu volcano eruption to cause residents to leave island PERMANENTLY

UNICEF Pacific (Vanuatu – Monaro Volcano) Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1, 26 April 2018

• Following increased volcanic activity by the Monaro Volcano earlier on in the month, the Government of Vanuatu declared a threemonth state of emergency on Ambae Island from 13 April to 13 July.

• The entire population of Ambae Island is set to be permanently relocated following heavy ash fall, acid rain, flooding and landslides caused by both volcanic activity and heavy rainfall following two recent tropical cyclones.

• On 17 April UNICEF participated in an NDMO-led multi-sector assessment that inspected on-island temporary evacuation sites and delivered relief supplies. UNICEF is supporting the government-led response through technical expertise, financial support and with essential relief items.

• For 4,775 people currently sheltering in the west and east of Ambae Island, 955 WASH and dignity kits have been provided.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Some six months after the entire population of Ambae Island (estimated to be 11,600 people) in Vanuatu were evacuated, and later repatriated following a month in evacuation centres (October 2017), the residents of the island are again being displaced by the increased activity of the Monaro volcano which has been compounded by a tropical cyclone and ongoing heavy rains. read more