Vanuatu daily news Digest | 16 March 2015

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, having arrived in Vanuatu on one of the Australian military transport planes bringing cyclone relief, yesterday paid tributes to Vanuatu’s beauty and immense potential for tourism. Bishop and Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman were addressing the press at the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). Minister Bishop also commended Vanuatu for the efforts already underway to restore the capital. “Prime Minister, I congratulate you and your government and the people of Vanuatu on the clean-up effort that has clearly occurred to date,” the visitor stated. The main aim of the ministerial presence is to ensure the essential and immediate needs of the Vanuatu people are addressed by the Australian effort which sees almost 600 personnel, military, civilian and NGO, coming to Vanuatu’s aid. “Our humanitarian operation continues at high tempo in addition to the military planes which brought in humanitarian supplies and life-saving equipment,” the Australian minister added. Vanuatu PM Natuman highly praised the Australian assistance efforts from this country’s most generous neighbor.

Daily Post today draws attention to the assistance from the only slightly PAM affected northern island of Santo. Island cabbage is again available at certain locations even though the market in the capital was empty at the weekend. Imported “round cabbage” in stores was selling for VT 2,000 a kilo.

The official death toll from PAM remains 11.