SUVA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The displaced families of more than 11,000 people are advised not to return home due to the uncertainty of volcanic activities.
The advice comes despite the fact that the state of emergency (SoE) on the volcanic Ambae island has been lifted.
According to Vanuatu's Daily Post on Thursday, the Vanuatu government believed it is best not to send people home now.
The advice was made clear in the final resolution of the Council of Ministers (COM) meeting which was held Tuesday, the newspaper said.
Apart from the volcanic activity uncertainty, it is still uncertain if conditions on ground after the significant ash fall are safe for human life.
The latest COM meeting agreed to lift the SoE and at the same time requested immediate multi-sector assessment to be led by the National Recovery Committee (NRC) on Ambae island and at current relocation sites.
The government will continue to provide emergency food for evacuees on Maewo and Santo islands until Dec. 31.
Non-Government organizations and actors will continue to assist recovery efforts based on priorities determined by the Vanuatu government.