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South Korea to provide US$100,000 aid to Vanuatu

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South Korea has decided to provide US$100,000 in humanitarian aid to volcano-hit Vanuatu, Yonhap reports, citing South Korean foreign ministry.

“The upcoming assistance is expected to help the affected residents rebuild and stabilize their lives after the eruption,” the ministry said.

Earlier today we have reported that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a $200,000 grant to the Government of Vanuatu. The grant, provided by the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund, will help fund the Vanuatu Manaro Volcano Disaster Response Project.

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.