Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs - Joint Media Release - Additional Humanitarian Support for Vanuatu

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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  • Henry Budd (Minister Payne’s office) 0429 531 143
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The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs

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5 October 2017

Australia is deploying additional humanitarian supplies to provide relief to communities displaced from Vanuatu’s Ambae Island due to volcanic activity.

The evacuation of the residents of Ambae Island - approximately 11,600 people - is now complete. Around 8,000 people have been evacuated to the island of Espiritu Santo, and around 3,000 more to nearby islands of Pentecost and Maewo.

Australia is delivering much needed humanitarian supplies to meet the needs of up to 7,500 people. Tents for temporary shelter, kitchen supplies and lighting will provide relief to families and improve community safety. Australian assistance will also provide access to clean water.

The Australian Defence Force delivered the first two loads of supplies to Luganville on Tuesday and Wednesday via a C-17 transport aircraft, adding to those already provided by New Zealand. Further supplies will be delivered by the Australian Defence Force over the coming days. HMAS Choules, which arrived in Vanuatu this morning, will assist with the distribution of relief supplies between islands.


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