Disaster Aid USA and its International Partners including Disaster Aid Australia, are assessing and preparing to deploy due to what has been described as the worst storm, with winds of up to 300km/h, to hit the Pacific has resulted in at least 3,300 people being displaced and over 19,000 households in need of essential aid. The shortage of drinking water has been defined as critical. Over 90% of the buildings have been destroyed. As Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale said “”After all the development we have done for the last couple of years and this big cyclone came and just destroyed all the infrastructure the government has built. Completely destroyed.”
Vanautu is one of the worlds least developed countries with two-thirds of the population living from agriculture. Nearly three quarters of the population live in rural areas or remote islands and this will be a complicating factor for any relief effort.
Disaster Aid USA, working with our partners within Disaster Aid International, will be supporting the relief effort in Vanautu. The initial assessment indicates a critical need for water filtration systems but, pending a more detailed needs assessment, other needs relating to shelter and essential non-food items are likely to be identified.
Disaster Aid USA has set up a campaign specifically to help those in Vanuatu. Please help us by making a donation by going to www.disasteraidusa.com and clicking on the donate button, or clicking on the Donate button on this site.
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