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COM declares disaster zone over West/East Ambae

The Vanuatu Government Council of Ministers has declared Declare a Disaster Zone over West and South Ambae.

The COM has approved 40 million vatu to be made available to respond to the affected communities in West and South Ambae as an immediate response for 1-3 months, including food, WASH, logistics and shelter. VT10 million is being allocated for each month for the relief.

The COM has also approved the immediate distribution of relief materials to affected communities in West and South Ambae and has offered school fee exemption to students emanating from the affected communities in West and South Ambae.

The COM has also appointed the Prime Minister’s Office as the lead agency working with other sectors (Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Land, Ministry of Internal Affairs) to plan and execute permanent placement for displaced population.