Relief Assessments, Efforts Ramp Up On Cyclone-Hit Vanuatu As U.N. Begins Measles Immunization Campaign

Associated Press: Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu’s cyclone-stricken islands
“Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu’s outer islands, after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation’s landscape…” (Perry, 3/17).

International Business Times: Vanuatu Cyclone Pam: Measles Vaccination Campaign Begins Amid Concerns Over Outbreak
“A measles vaccination campaign for children is underway in Vanuatu, the Pacific island nation hit Friday by Tropical Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 cyclone that left about 260,000 homeless and ravaged the country’s infrastructure. The campaign began Wednesday morning and is being carried out by Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health, aided by the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization…” (Whitman, 3/17).

New York Times: Vanuatu Death Toll Is Likely to Rise as Glimpses of Cyclone’s Fury Emerge
“…The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report that it had confirmed 11 fatalities, revising an earlier estimate of 24. But the count did not include more isolated islands where fierce winds of 160 miles an hour and higher leveled many homes as the cyclone struck Vanuatu starting late Friday, and relief workers were concerned that the toll could rise…” (Buckley et al., 3/17).

Reuters: Food concerns mount in Vanuatu after cyclone Pam
“…The U.N.’s World Food Programme said it was working with aid agencies on the ground to help distribute food and other aid after banana, coconut, and other crops were destroyed, livestock was killed, and boats and fishing canoes wrecked…” (Coates, 3/17).

U.N. News Centre: Amid logistical challenges, U.N. focuses on priority needs for cyclone-hit Vanuatu
“In spite of logistical challenges facing the humanitarian response in Vanuatu, a nation that comprises over 80 islands, United Nations agencies continue to scale up their efforts to assist with priority needs including the provision of food, water, and health care in the wake of the devastating cyclone that battered the country over the weekend…” (3/17).

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