SOME PARTS OF VANUATU DECLARED DISASTER ZONES

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (April 19, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Vanuatu's Minister of Internal Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, Father Walter Lini, has declared areas of some islands disaster zones.

They are Aniwa Island and some parts of Tanna Island, in the south, Port Olry on Espiritu Santo and an area on Gaua Island in the Banks Group in northern Vanuatu, Radio Vanuatu reports.

The declaration follows assessment reports of damage caused by cyclones Yali and Zuman last month.

Meanwhile, the government has allocated 7 million vatu ($US 55,000) to assist the National Disaster Office in providing relief to the areas affected.

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