The New Zealand Defence Force has delivered another two tonnes of supplies to Vanuatu today to help thousands of evacuees displaced by an erupting volcano.
Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Major General Tim Gall said a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules was transporting sanitation equipment for the estimated 11,000 evacuees from Ambae Island, where Manaro volcano has been rumbling since late September.
The plane landed in Vanuatu about 1pm New Zealand time today.
“We always stand ready to assist our Pacific neighbours at times like this,” Major General Gall said.
“Supporting the South West Pacific has always been a key focus for the NZDF because of its geographical proximity and cultural links with New Zealand.”
Delivered supplies include 100 mother-and-infant kits, 200 family hygiene kits and 15 portable toilets.
On Tuesday the NZDF delivered 12 tonnes of supplies for Ambae Island evacuees.
Those supplies, worth $250,000, included 800 tarpaulins, 800 family hygiene kits, 200 mother-and-infant kits and five diesel generators.
Since the Vanuatu Government ordered the compulsory evacuation of Ambae last week the island’s residents have reportedly sought refuge in the surrounding islands of Espiritu Santo, Maewo and Pentecost.
Some have moved to stay with friends and relatives in the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila.