Vanuatu prepares evacuation amid threats of Gaua volcano

18:29, April 19, 2010      

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Preparations were being made to evacuate nearly 3,000 people from the Vanuatu island of Gaua after further threats from its volcano, New Zealand media reported on Monday.

The Gaua volcano in Torba province began erupting seven months ago and there has been renewed activity in recent weeks.

The Vanuatu government officials have been discussing the logistics of an evacuation, but no date has been set, Radio New Zealand International reported on Monday.

A Department of Internal Affairs meeting last Thursday concluded there was no alternative to evacuating the people of Gaua to Sola on Vanualava island.

From Sola most would be relocated to Leon Bay for up to a year, on land owned by the Anglican Church of Vanuatu.

Others would be dispatched to other islands in Torba.

The meeting heard that the evacuation needs to take place as soon as possible because the children on Gaua have been traumatized by the eruption and this may affect their studies.

Late last year, about 300 residents on the western side of Gaua, who were suffering from the effects of ash and gas, were relocated to villages on the eastern part of the island.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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