13 Oct 2017

Supply warning ahead of cyclone season

2:49 pm on 13 October 2017

The Red Cross is warning that relief supply warehouses in Vanuatu are empty - as cyclone season approaches.

Supplies from New Zealand are unloaded in Vanuatu.

Aid supplies from New Zealand being unloaded for Vanuatu volcano evacuees. Photo: Supplied

Aid organisations are working to support the thousands of residents on Ambae Island who have been evacuated due to the threat of a volcanic eruption.

Red Cross spokesperson Joe Cropp said the Ambae evacuees were still a priority but it was also crucial to restock supplies.

"Now a key element is shipping in more supplies to make sure they're ready for November, December, January when cyclones start to move through the island."

The threat level of the Manaro volcano on Ambae has been lowered to level 3 but it is still not clear when evacuees will be allowed to return home.

- ABC

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