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Relevant authorities have been tasked to negotiate for permanent resettlement on neighboring islands like Maewo and Pentecost, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Hilaire Bule, told Kizzy Kalsakau from Vanuatu Nightly News after the COM meeting.
The Director General (DG) of the of the Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disaster, Jesse Benjamin, said the ongoing ash fall has taken its toll on homes and livestock thus it is no longer safe for people to live on the island. He said the second evacuation will be done in a more orderly manner, unlike last year’s.
“Last year’s evacuation was conducted in haste, amidst fears of a major eruption. There are some dissatisfaction about the way we moved people at the time,” he said.