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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 28) – Lopevi Volcano in Vanuatu is continuing to cause havoc on surrounding islands, while several other volcanoes are also threatening.

The national disaster office says it is not able to reach one of two villages on Paama Island which has been badly affected by ash from Lopevi over the past two weeks.

Villagers in Paama have appealed to the Government for help securing new sources of drinking water, while crops have also been destroyed by ash contamination.

Meanwhile reports from nearby Ambrym say the two Benbow and Marum volcanoes have also started erupting and are sending down ash over ten villages in southeast Ambrym.

And in the latest development the Meteorological office confirmed the colour of Manaro lake in central Ambae has changed turned to grey which means that it is like to erupt again,.

Manaro erupted last year for the first time in 121 years, forcing thousands to evacuate.

May 29, 2006

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