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Fijians Unaffected By Volcano Threat

Fijians Unaffected By Volcano Threat
Keresi Nauwakarawa.
September 28
11:00 2017


No Fijian lives on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island which has Volcano Manaro ready to erupt.

Fijians live in other parts of Vanuatu, away from the danger area.

At least 6000 locals have been forced to flee the island.

Ambae, in Penama Province in the north of Vanuatu, has been in a state of emergency since Monday.

The volcano has been reported to have been active since 2006 but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption.

University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus student, Keresi Nauwakarawa currently in Port Villa studying law, said they were blessed to be safe.

“We are lucky but it is sad to see thousands of people and livestock  currently being evacuated to several evacuation centres”, Ms Nauwakarawa said. “Aid and humanitarian agencies have stepped in like Red Cross and others to deliver supplies and support to the evacuation process”, she said.

“And also there is a sense of worry at the same time as National Disaster Management Office has admitted that it will be difficult to predict what will happen next”.

“Close to 37 Fijian law students and the Fijian community on Port Vila are safe and going about our normal activity.

However, earthquake tremors had become more frequent this week. And with recent frequent volcano alert bulletin being issued we just follow the news religiously.”

The Territory Manager of CJ Patel Vanuatu, Krishneel Lingam, has also confirmed that it is business as usual for other parts of Vanuatu.

Edited by Mohammed Ali




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