EARTHQUAKE AFTERSHOCKS FELT ON PENTECOST, VANUATU: THREE MORE ISLANDS REPORT

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (December 3, 1999 – Radio Australia)---A disaster assessment team has been sent to three additional Vanuatu islands, which reported damage after last weekend's major earthquake and tsunami that struck Pentecost Island.

The official death toll from the disaster remains at 10.

Radio Australia Pacific correspondent Kevin McQuillan reports:

"Disaster control center chair John Sese says the team will assess damage on the islands of Ambryn, Ape and Malacoula.

"The provinces of Penama and Malempa have now been declared disaster areas and a request for assistance has gone to the UN Disaster Management Office in Suva.

On Pentecost itself, aftershocks have continued all week, and although Mr. Sese says their intensity is lessening, people remain scared.

"A lack of water and food continues to be the main problem.

"Two hundred tents have been flown to Pentecost, and while initial estimates were that 1,000 people had lost their homes, Mr. Sese says that figure is now probably too low.

"Kevin McQuillan, Radio Australia."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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