New Zealand has provided over VT119 million in assistance to the Government of Vanuatu since increased volcanic activity on Ambae Island began in October 2017, including through technical support, relief supplies and other assistance through New Zealand NGOs working with local partners.
The Vt119 million assistance include water, sanitation and hygiene kits through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). These kits will meet the immediate water, sanitation an hygiene related needs of displaced households and help to mitigate outbreaks of sanitation and hygiene-related disease.
The assistance provided also see’s technical support to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) through the deployment of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) volcano experts by NZ. The GNS scientists have been working in Port Vila and Ambae, analysing the volcanic activity and assessing its effects on the island and its people.
An Assessment Team comprising staff from MFAT and the New Zealand Defence Force also arrived this week as part of the assistance. The team will support New Zealand’s response to the Ambae eruption.