The call comes following media reports that food supplies had run out at an evacuation centre at Sarabulu Church in Port Vila– prompting the urgent need to replenish the supply.
At its urgent meeting, the VANGO team assessed the situation of the evacuation centre and confirmed the need for restocking of food.
VANGO President, Lai Sakita says the evacuees need urgent intervention to address the imminent situation, and he wants to see civil society organisations play an active role to ensure that the vulnerable members of the community have access to proper meals and clean water.
Mr Sakita says food contributions should be made until the end of the State of Emergency on 26 November 2018.
“The number of evacuees who arrived in Port Vila to escape the aftermath of ash, acid rain and sulphuric flumes from the island’s volcanic eruption has grown to over 1000. Rations provided to these people earlier has truly run out”, says Mr Sakita.
He called on partners such as churches, chiefs, women organisations, farmers and their respective associates to act swiftly, collaboratively, and generously by responding to the announcement for the urgent supply of food rations or in kind to the evacuees.
Photo supplied Caption: VANGO president Lai Sakita