5 Oct 2017

Vanuatu PM promises evacuees they will return home

From , 4:03 pm on 5 October 2017

Vanuatu's prime minister has promised the thousands evacuated from the island of Ambae that they will return home. 

Charlot Salwai visited evacuation centres in Penama and Sanma provnices yesterday where more than 11,000 people have been evacuated from the island of Ambae since its Manaro volcano began belching ash and smoke over a fortnight ago.

Mr Salwai called for solidarity and commended both the evacuees and their hosts for their resilience and sense of community in trying times.

Koroi Hawkins has been on the ground since Saturday and caught up with the PM and his delegation at an evacuation centre on Espiritu Santo.

Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai.

Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai. Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins