Ambae volcano crisis: unprecedented mass evacuation facing difficulties

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

Awareness sessions have been taking place across Ambae to discuss how the evacuation of Ambae’s 11,000+ people —4% of Vanuatu’s total population– will Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Breaking news: Vanuatu Govt orders evacuation of entire 11,100 population of Ambae

Breaking: the Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has ordered the mass evacuation of the entire population of Ambae – approximately Read the rest of this entry »


Breaking news: Vanuatu named number one country, for the second year running…

…as the country facing the greatest risk of natural disaster, says the United Nations’ University’s 2012 World Risk Report.

Radio Australia reports on the latest UN University report, which considers both the potential power of natural disasters together with socio-economic risk.

We should all take this very seriously. But on the positive side, the report found that community self-sufficiency on remote islands is a huge advantage for disaster risk reduction efforts.

Key quote from the Radio Australia story:

“…The role of women in protecting and rebuilding their communities often goes unrecognised, and so the theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction — ‘Invisible Force of Resilience’ — is intended to highlight how women’s ability to contribute is sometimes hindered by lack of inclusion in public life.

Women and girls are up to 14 times more likely to die during a disaster and that’s often purely the result of inadequate access to education and awareness messages… it’s very important to try and change that.”

Get the full report here.