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Evacuees from Ambae still need food, shelter and water

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Vanuatu authorities say managing food, water and shelter remain the priorities this week for the thousands evacuated from the Ambae.

Director of the National Disaster Management Office Shadrack Welegtabit said he is not aware of food shortage in Santo’s main town of Luganville where most of the evacuees are sheltering, reports RNZI.

He said shelter and sanitation issues were being addressed.

“People are now assisting in terms of providing portable toilets and that has been coming in slowly. In some locations we might need a bit more portable toilets for sanitation.”

Welegtabit said assessors were expected to report back on the situation for evacuees on Pentecost and Maewo this afternoon.

He said emergency management authorities were working closely with the Vanuatu police to ensure security for the evacuees and their homes on Ambae.

Mothers in evacuation centres on Espiritu Santo said they were worried for their children’s education in the wake of the volcano evacuation.

Thousands of children are among the people who have been relocated due to the volcano.