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ADB to give Vanuatu $200,000 as volcano disaster aid

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a $200,000 grant to the Government of Vanuatu in the wake of volcanic eruptions on Ambae Island, Penama province in Vanuatu. The grant, provided by the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund, will help fund the Vanuatu Manaro Volcano Disaster Response Project.

“The Manaro volcano eruptions have ruined livelihoods and compromised food and water security,” said Emma Fan, Regional Director of ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney. “The ADB financing will help supplement the assistance provided by the government and other development partners.”

The ADB grant will primarily be used for repatriation costs and related expenses. The assistance has been arranged in close coordination with other development partners.

Earlier, in November, it was reported that MP Jay Ngwele of Ambae province and Vanuatu’s Special Envoy on Climate Change has resigned in protest of misuse of US$1.85 million of aid money for the residents of Ambae by PM Salwai’s government.

Mr Ngwele said of the $US1.85 million dollars approved by the Council of Ministers to help the Ambae people, about half went on travel costs, accommodation and allowances for politicians, including the prime minister, and government officials to meet with the victims.

ADB began working with the Government of Vanuatu in 1981. ADB has since approved 14 loans totaling $89.36 million, 10 grants worth $69.61 million in total, and 63 technical assistance projects worth $22.9 million.

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