Kiwi aid worth $2.5m arrives in Vanuatu to help residents fleeing volcano

Humanitarian aid packages from New Zealand have arrived in Vanuatu to help 11,000 people fleeing an erupting volcano on Ambae Island.

The volcano started spewing ash and smoke last September but authorities agree a longer-term solution for the islanders is now needed.

The latest aid drop came on HMNZS Canterbury and amounts to $2.5 million pledged by the New Zealand government.

Tool kids, hygiene kits and tarpaulins are among the supplies sent.

A massive evacuation of Ambae Island is underway, with several hundred people having already self-evacuated themselves off the island. 


Photo by NZ HC