By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Darwin
The first shipments of aid have reached thousands of villagers who have been forced to flee their homes by an erupting volcano in Vanuatu.
The volcano has been emitting steam, ash and sulphur gases
Mount Manaro has been emitting steam, ash and sulphur gases on the island of Ambae for the past fortnight after awaking from a 10-year slumber.
The volcano-rich Pacific Ocean archipelago lies more than 2,000km north-east of Sydney, Australia.
Explosions inside its crater continue to cause Mount Manaro to tremble.
A major eruption could unleash a tide of ash and lava, although seismologists have said that grim prospect now appears to be unlikely. Up to 5,000 islanders have left their homes just in case.
They are being housed in emergency shelters, and provisions have been made to take them from the island by boat if the worst happens.
Aid has started to arrive from the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila.
Tribal elders have made a spiritual peace offering to try to placate the god of the volcano.
They believe the actions of people on the island may have angered him.
They are planning to throw a boar's tusk into the crater as a way of saying sorry.