West Ambae wasn't consulted ahead of evacuation order, leader claims

Chiefs from Vanuatu's Maewo Island say they're not charging any fees for land to resettle volcano evacuees from Ambae.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, Johnny Koanapo, has expressed concern four sites prepared for the evacuees on Maewo are too expensive.

The chiefs told the Vanuatu Daily Post their people have allowed the northern end of their island to be inhabited by the people from Merelava island in Torba province and the southern end by people of north Pentecost at no cost.

However, the chiefs said that if essential services on Maewo were not available then it was up to the government to upgrade them.

The chiefs said most important is the Ambae evacuees' safety and a foundation for them to build upon.