VANUATU VILLAGERS RETURN TO AMBAE AFTER ERUPTION

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 4) – In Vanuatu, hundreds of people forced to evacuate their homes by an erupting volcano on the island of Ambae have started returning home.

The Manaro volcano erupted on November 27, leaving thousands of people homeless.

Ambae Councillor Ken Vuvu says displaced people living in evacuation centres have been transported back to the island's main port of Lolowai.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports the evacuees are being picked up from there by car and water taxi and taken back to their villages.

January 5, 2006

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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