Ambae’s situation ‘getting worse’

Relief teams are providing assistance to communities on Ambae.
Relief teams are providing assistance to communities on Ambae.

THE Manaro volcano is affecting crops and people in Ambae – and locals say it is getting worse again.

Speaking to the Independent Online, a spokesman from the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) humanitarian response team in West Ambae said they are in Ambae helping out the sick people but it seems that the situation with the volcano is getting worse.

Foliage has been destroyed by ash and acid rain.
Foliage has been destroyed by ash and acid rain.

“Every tree and the grasses are drying out due to the volcanic ash,” he said.

“Many livestock animals, like the cows and the chickens are dying.”

The spokesman said many people are sick with sore throats, chest pains, stomach aches and skin rashes.

“There is little food because much of it has been destroyed by the volcanic ash,” he said.

“Water as well is another problem for the people in Ambae as we all know it’s a source of life.

“Many people living up the hills have managed to move down near the sea.

“But the situation is likely to occur down to the sea as well.”

The spokesman said the majority of their team members have managed to return to Port Vila.

When asked why they have returned, he said they were scared of the volcano because they had seen that the situation is getting serious.

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