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Australia to spend 20.5 million vatu helping Ambae people

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In response to a request for assistance from the Vanuatu Government, Australia has pledged
up to 20.5 million vatu to help people displaced by the increasingly active Lombenben
volcano on Ambae.

Supporting its Pacific neighbour to respond to the crisis, Australia has released much needed
supplies like food, water, shelter and hygiene kits for affected communities on Ambae and
provide funding for surveillance flights over Ambae and Ambrym’s volcanoes.

Assistance to the Vanuatu Police Force will also be provided to help with the movement of displaced
communities, provide security and support relief operations.

Vanuatu’s RVS Tukoro departed Port Vila on Tuesday to deliver Australian supplies to
affected communities through the Vanuatu Red Cross Society.

“Australia has responded to a request for assistance from the Vanuatu Government to help
deliver much needed supplies to affected communities on Ambae. Australia is providing
food, water and shelter to those displaced by Lombenben volcano,” said Australian High
Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin.

The Vanuatu Government, though the National Disaster Management Officer (NDMO), and
in conjunction with the Penama Provincial Government, are coordinating the response to the
natural disaster.