Questions raised about savings and loan scheme promising 50% interest rate

Reserve Bank of Vanuatu building, Port Vila. Photo: © Vanuatu Digest

Vanuatu’s financial regulator (the Reserve Bank) may finally be looking into the affairs of Read the rest of this entry »

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PM cancels overseas meeting to meet with Ambae evacuees on three islands

PM Charlot Salwai in Santo to meet Ambae evacuees.

PM Charlot Salwai in Santo to meet Ambae evacuees this week.

PM Charlot Salwai decided to stay back from overseas commitments he planned to attend early this week to enable visits to the Ambae evacuees on Maewo, Santo and Pentecost. These visits were Read the rest of this entry »


Ambae exodus now complete; community-led response assisting displaced people around Vanuatu

People displaced by the Manaro Voui eruption need your help. Photo: Santo Ambae Disaster Support Community

People displaced by the Manaro Voui eruption need your help. Photo: Santo Ambae Disaster Support Community

Ambae is now empty of people. The island’s population Read the rest of this entry »


Humanitarian response rolls out to support evacuees amid reports food supplies running out

 

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Govt announces list of legislation to be debated at first 2017 sitting of Parliament

Vanuatu Parliament

Parliament meets in a fortnight, on Thursday 1 June. This will be the first ordinary sitting for 2017. Nine government Bills are will be debated, including Read the rest of this entry »


Disaster relief supplies start arriving in cyclone-ravaged Torres islands

Wind and salt damaged trees on Hiu island, pictured today from a helicopter. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu MP

Wind and salt damaged trees on Hiu island, pictured from a helicopter supplying relief supplies. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu MP

The Torres islands has begun receiving disaster relief supplies following the passage of Cyclone Donna. There is an emergency operations centre now open at Loh Island coordinating distribution. Over the weekend a helicopter delivered the first necessities to all the islands and the vessel Pacific Hope is now distributing water, sanitation and health (WASH) items for improved hygiene. There have been reports of illnesses like Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu switches into recovery mode as Cyclone Donna moves away

Government building left hanging at Tagabe after Cyclone Donna flooding. Photo: Joel Ates via Facebook

Government building left hanging at Tagabe after Cyclone Donna flooding. Photo: Joel Ates via Facebook

Cyclone Donna has moved on to New Caledonia and is now weakening. The only major damage so far reported – except for garden damage – was along the length of the Forestry Department HQ at Tagabe where a deep gorge has been carved out by floodwater from Cyclone Donna overflowing the Read the rest of this entry »