Friday, June 03, 2005

Ambrym Volcano (Vanuatu)

Acid rain continues to affect Ambrym Island in Vanuatu. New sources of drinking water need to be found for the residents. The provincial government is considering a project to drill for ground water. The National Disaster Management Office detailed the extent of damage on the island in a report published in March this year. The recommendation was to declare west Ambrym a disaster area. A small amount of food aid has reached Ambrym, but the volcanic induced famine remains. A relief effort will need to be in place for a considerable period of time. An evacuation and resettlement plan is being developed for the island, and may need to be implemented if the eruptions continue. Traditional knowledge has kept people alive over the past year, and has been identified as a key to dealing with disasters in developing countries. Ambrym is one of the world's most active volcanoes and has been in a regular state of eruption over the past two hundred years. The past year has seen a more destructive type of eruption which has destroyed most of the food crops on the island. Join volcanologist John Seach on a tour of Ambrym volcano on 14th June. Contact John for details.
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