PENAMA Disaster Response Plan developed

A scene from the first Ambae island evacuation in September 2017. Photo: File

PENAMA Provincial Government Council now has a Disaster Response Plan.

The plan was established during a recent meeting which engaged community leaders and area administrators at the PENAMA headquarters on Saratamata, Ambae.

Principal Liaison Officer of the National Disaster Management Office, Philip Tasale said PENAMA previously did not have a disaster response plan to work on.

Mr Tasale noted this is particularly important for the province which comprises Ambae, Maewo and Pentecost. Over 11,000 people on Ambae had to be evacuated after the disastrous volcanic eruption in 2017 and people on Pentecost bore the brunt of category five cyclone Harold last year. The two disasters devastated the islands of Ambae and Pentecost and there were numerous delays in getting relief supplies to the affected communities.

Save The Children has supported the PENAMA Disaster Response Plan with Vt900,000.

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