Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced an initial $5 Million Aid recovery package for Vanuatu. The Category 5 Cyclone Pam that struck Vanuatu on Friday has devastated the country. This cyclone is possibly the strongest ever in the south Pacific region. Tens of thousands of people are homeless, without adequate food, water, shelter or sanitation.
The Government of Vanuatu estimates that 80% of homes have been either destroyed or have sustained significant damage. Communications infrastructure has been knocked out in the hardest hit islands and there are grave fears for rural communities that were directly under the path of the cyclone’s eye.
Essential services have been wiped out on most islands, and even in the nation’s capital Port Vila, home to about 60,000, restoring water and electricity may take weeks.
Vanuatu needs your urgent assistance. Here are our suggestions on how to help:
Australia is coordinating drop off points in Australia for relief supplies such as tarps, tents, ropes and tinned food. Please visit their page for details.
Emergency appeals you can donate online to are:
Donate to UNICEF Australia Cyclone Pam appeal
Donate to Red Cross Cyclone Pam Appeal or call 1800 811 700 to make a secure donation
Donate to Oxfam Australia International Crisis Fund – Cyclone Pam
Donate to CARE Australia Cyclone Pam Response or call 1800 020 046
Save The Children Cyclone Pam Appeal or call 1800 76 00 11.
Donate to Red Cross NZ Pacific Disaster Fund
UK and Europe
Donate to UNICEF UK Cyclone Pam fund
Donate to UNICEF USA Cyclone Pam fund
Remember, give responsibly: some fake donation appeals are already circulating on social media. Only give to reputable organisations.