Thu 23, Aug 2018
ABM is supporting the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s (ACOM) emergency response with the ongoing eruption of Manaro Volcano on the island of Ambae in Vanuatu.
In September 2017, the Vanuatu Government ordered a full-scale evacuation of the island of Ambae in the north of the country due to a series of violent eruptions of the Manaro Volcano. Again in March 2018, following further eruptions, the people on Ambae faced permanent relocation after trying to rebuild their homes but ash continued to pour onto the island, polluting water, killing crops and destroying houses.
In 2018, with heightened volcanic activity and ash continuing to pollute the island, the Vanuatu Government has ordered a compulsory evacuation which is expected to be completed by the end of August.
So far, approximately 6,000 people have already relocated to the island of Santo and are living in temporary shelters, school facilities or with families in existing communities around Santo. Given the nature of the evacuation, the first priority will be to map locations and assess the needs of evacuees.
We seek to raise AUD $25,000 in support of ACOM’s priority relief and rehabilitation activities for the many Ambae evacuees who are now in need of assistance.
We are working closely with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Vanuatu, and will post updates as they come to hand. Please keep the people of Vanuatu in your prayers.
August 2018 - VIDEO UPDATE
June 2018 - An update from the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Vanuatu about their emergency response to the Ambae Island evacuation following the eruption of Manaro Volcano. Read more
Sept 2017 - The initial emergency appeal for Ambae is launched. Read more
PLEASE NOTE: THIS APPEAL IS CLOSED. You may read the latest updates on ABM's emergency responses here.