Fraud claims in Ambae

A MORE consistent and co-ordinated effort is required as an estimated 1000 people affected by continuous acid rain on Ambae Island have moved to Santo and Port Vila, a spokesperson for the Ambae disaster committee has revealed. Ambae was under threat from the Manaro volcano eruption last October, and while the threat has dropped back to level two, acid rain and ash that continued to affect the island has affected more than 5000 people, destroying their crops and fields.

Henry Vira, in an interview with Islands Business, said people were moving away at their own costs and trying their best to be resilient in the face of such hardships. He said while the government and civil society organisations continued to support communities with food, the assistance has been irregular. “Individual families in acid affected areas have moved to less affected areas along the coast of west Ambae and families need…

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