3 Oct 2012

Vanuatu and World Bank launch 3 million US dollar natural hazards project

11:02 am on 3 October 2012

The Government of Vanuatu and the World Bank have launched a 3 million US dollar project to help address natural hazards in Vanuatu.

Funded by Japan, the project will install tsunami warning systems in Port Vila and Luganville, to help protect the towns' 57,000 people in the face of natural disaster.

The World Bank says Vanuatu is one of the most vulnerable countries to natural hazards on the planet.

It says more than three quarters of the population are at risk from tsunamis, flooding, cyclones and many other threats.

The Bank says risks are growing in densely populated urban areas like Port Vila and Luganville.