Volcanic Ash Cuts Off Food, Water for 2,000

From Times Wire Reports

Officials in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu scrambled to help thousands of people left almost without food or fresh water for four days after a volcanic eruption.

The eruption blanketed the remote island of Palma in a layer of ash that destroyed crops and contaminated water supplies used by 2,000 people, disaster management official Barton Bisiwei told local media in Port-Vila, the capital.

Bisiwei said there were no reports of injuries more severe than sore throats after the nearby volcanic island of Lopeivi spewed ash into the sky Friday.

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