Ambrym Disaster Coordination Centre being planned

THE Ambrym Disaster Coordination Centre is being planned under a joint operation by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the Malampa Provincial Government Council (MPGC).

NDMO Manager Peter Korisa said this centre will enhance the island’s preparedness and response efforts.

He said it will also allow authorities to coordinate relief distribution for Ambrym.

Mr Korisa said that some residents in a danger zone near the volcano in southeast Ambrym are likely to be relocated.

“We will provide assistance to them once they are relocated to safety,” he said.

“This internal relocation applies to settlements within the 3km danger zone in southeast Ambrym.”

The government has distributed water and food for the displaced families but still needs health and building materials.

The Vanuatu Red Cross has asisted with non-food items such as tarpaulins, shelter tool kits and water containers.