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Food Aid To Cyclone-Hit Vanuatu Slow As PM Appeals For Assistance; UNICEF Dispatches Aid To Nearby Tuvalu

Australian Associated Press: ‘Officials holding up Vanuatu food aid’
“No food aid packages have been distributed in Vanuatu, seven days after Cyclone Pam struck the island nation. It’s understood huge quantities of emergency food and other aid are sitting idle in the Vanuatu Mobile Force barracks in the capital Port Vila. Local newspaper the Vanuatu Daily Post reports that National Disaster Management Office officials are arguing over the distribution of aid…” (Silk, 3/20).

Radio New Zealand International: Vanuatu PM: ‘Please provide food’
“Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, says the government will struggle to feed its people over the coming months as the recovery operation after Cyclone Pam gets underway…” (3/20).

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF rushes emergency supplies for cyclone-affected Tuvalu
“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in Tuvalu as part of its efforts to assist communities in the Pacific region that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam, with nutrition and hygiene kits arriving today…” (3/19).