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Ambae volcano evacuees fearful, shelters run out

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Staff Writer | September 27, 2017
There is growing fear among evacuees on the Vanuatu island of Ambae with shelter starting to run out as thousands more flee the erupting Manaro Voui volcano.
Ambae volcano evacuees
Pacific   Manaro Voui volcano
Around two-thirds of the island's population of 10,000 have already been evacuated from the danger zone around the volcano.

But residents say ash fall was affecting more communities and people are being scared by the booming of the volcanic eruptions which they say are louder than they have heard before.

The chairman of Ambae's disaster committee, Manuel Amu, said the ongoing volcanic eruption event is worse than the last one in 2005.

Mr Amu said they are in desperate need of temporary shelters as two to three thousand more people are expected to arrive at evacuation centres set up on the western and eastern sides of the island.

He said some people have already left the island and others are considering doing the same.

"People of the nearby islands who are located here have already moved. Like Pentecost Island and Maewo," he said.