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UNICEF: repatriation of Ambae evacuees to be a serious challenge

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The threat of a volcanic eruption on Ambae island in Vanuatu appears to have eased, which is good news for the 11,000 evacuees who are keen to return to their homes as soon as possible.

But UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, are warning that getting everyone back safely will pose some serious logistical challenges, reports Pacific Beat.

Andrew Parker, UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer in Vanuatu says the evacuees’ return will have to be carefully managed.

The state of emergency for Ambae will remain in force until the end of the month, but after that it’s expected that process of repatriation could start quite soon.