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Another report from Port Vila: “Just got a text from a friend an hour ago in Malapoa, his roof has gone is being flooded and is burying himself in the mud under the foundations to try and stay put. We have a house in Vila and are assuming it will be gone by morning. Please pray for them. This is unbelievable — all other comms are out.”
originally posted by: SgtHamsandwich
The sad part is they have no where to evacuate too.
I feel terrible for those folks.
It's an archipelago comprised of 84 volcanic islands, each separated by many miles of shark-filled seas and unpredictable weather. Travel between islands is difficult and expensive, and as a result, to many of Vanuatu's 200,000 citizens "international travel" means going to a nearby island every few years to visit cousins.
"Cyclone Pam on its own has the capacity to do immense damage, but now with Bavi and Nathan, we could be looking at one of the biggest Pacific responses in recent memory,” says Aurelia Balpe, head of delegation for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Pacific.
So far, thousands of people in more than nine countries have been affected or are threatened by the storms. In Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, Red Cross emergency response teams have been activated and relief supplies are in place.
Assessments are also being carried out in Tuvalu and Kiribati, where associated sea swells have caused significant damage. The situations in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea are being monitored closely with the authorities.
originally posted by: CranialSponge
For anyone interested in sending donations contact your local Red Cross or Unicef organization.
There's also the Vanuatu-Australian Red Cross Society that has an online donation page. That page also makes mention, in a disaster relief situation, they would prefer people not send item donations (clothes, food, blankets, etc), but rather just cash donations.
There were reports of entire villages in remote areas being destroyed, she said.
"The damage is quite extensive in Port Vila but there are so many more vulnerable islands. I can't even imagine what it's like in those vulnerable communities.''