Vanuatu needs your help urgently – please donatePosted: March 15, 2015
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:
Give to Vanuatu is co-ordinating drop off points around Australia for relief supplies such as tarps, tents, ropes and tinned food. Please visit their FB page for details of drop off locations.
Emergency appeals that you can donate online to include:
Donate to Red Cross Cyclone Pam Appeal or call 1800 811 700 to make a secure donation
Donate to CARE Australia Cyclone Pam Response or call 1800 020 046
Save The Children Cyclone Pam Appeal or call 1800 76 00 11.
Nouvelle Calédonie et la France
UK and Europe
Donate to Red Cross Canada Cyclone Pam Relief Fund / Donnez maintenant: cyclone Pam
Remember, give responsibly: some fake donation appeals are already circulating on social media and even door to door. Only give to reputable organisations, and ask to see identification.