Vanuatu Recovery Update

Radio New Zealand reports the Vanuatu government says it has food supplies to last up to three weeks and they are currently being distributed. The government has started to mobilize relief aid out from the capital, Port Vila, to the provincial center, but some critical areas still face a lengthy wait. Residents in some of the outlying islands, particularly the Shepherds, have expressed frustration at slow speed with which relief has been arriving.

The overall recovery seems to be going well, and the country is on the mend. Australia’s Foreign Minister has promised the Vanuatu Prime Minister that Australia will stand with his government and people following the devastation by Cyclone Pam. The Minister says Australia has allocated over seven million US dollars for Vanuatu to help non-government organisations distribute emergency relief.

Nevertheless, recovery efforts is a long process and your help is still needed. Please see the tab on the home page of our Website on how you can help Vanuatu.

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Parliament building, center, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 2009

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