Relief food supplies short on Vanuatu's Ambae

There are reports coming out of Vanuatu that there is no food to feed people who are waiting for transport to get off the volcanic island of Ambae, which is under a State of Emergency and is being evacuated.

The disaster relief officer at Penama Provincial Headquarters, Mansen Tari, has told the Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper that there is no relief food left to feed Ambaean evacuees with over a thousand people in 10 evacuation centres going without.

Mr Tari says he has appealed to them to bring their own food while waiting for the National Disaster Management Office in Port Vila to send more supplies.

Daily Post editor Dan McGarry said Ambae was becoming a national crisis never seen before and the inhabitants there needed urgent help.

Last week the Government reimposed a State of Emergency to September 26.