Approximately 76 households have gardens there. As such NDMO said this community is expecting to face an immediate food shortage.
The upgraded eye centre will increase Vanuatu’s eye surgery capacity from 200 to 800 annually, which will meet the country’s needs as estimated by the World Health Organization.
The Pacific Islands region is increasingly seen as a contested space for competing geopolitical interests.
It will apply to about 50 products, with Vanuatu being able to export agricultural products including coffee without duties or quantity restrictions.
American Samoa, Guam, Samoa were added to the blacklist, while Bosnia, Guyana, Laos, Uganda and Vanuatu were removed.
The cyclone - which is still a category two, but likely to reach a category three - is about 240 kilometres west, southwest of Vanuatu's largest island.
Oma has moved closer to Santo over the past three hours and is currently travelling in a southeasterly direction with winds of 95 kmh at its centre and the potential for gusts of 130kmh.
There is greater awareness now that biodiversity and life under the sea will be affected and these minerals that have taken thousands of years to deposit will be extracted without replenishment.
After passing close to the northern islands, including Santo, yesterday with its heavy rains and strong winds, it is now slowly heading west.
The Pentecost MP said the Government should find ways to manage the centre that would benefit the people of Vanuatu instead of giving it away to a foreign company to manage it.