New Zealand has responded to a request for assistance from Vanuatu and is working with the Adventist Development Relief Agency and the National Disaster Management Office to deliver 3.5 million vatu worth of water, sanitation and hygiene kits to those affected by the eruptions on Ambae.
A New Zealand Defence Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft conducted an aerial survey of Monaro Voui Volcano on Ambae, as well as the volcanoes on Ambrym and Lopevi.
The high resolution surveillance imagery taken by the aircraft has been provided to Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office and the Vanuatu Geohazards Department to assist with their assessments of the volcanic activity.
New Zealand has also funded GNS Science to deploy two volcanologists to further support the Vanuatu Geohazards Department with their assessments.
New Zealand will also provide up to 4 million vatu of emergency funding, to assist Vanuatu with their immediate response to the state of emergency, and stands by to support the Government to respond to this developing situation.