11 Feb 2011

Water and health supplies going to Vanuatu cyclone victims

6:45 am on 11 February 2011

Emergency water and health supplies are being distributed across Vanuatu's Tafea Province to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Vania.

Cyclone Vania struck thousands of residents last month, in particular those in the Middlebush area of Tanna Island, who experienced significant flooding and the loss of root crops and traditional houses.

Hamish Weatherly from the aid organisation Unicef says the people are suffering from water and sanitation problems which are issues currently being addressed.

"The key thing we've done is to deliver our water,sanitation and hygiene kits to over 750 families in the Middlebush area. Those WASH kits basically consist of two ten litre dairy cans or water containers, a hundred purification tablets which is enough to purify 500 litres of water, soap and hygiene promotion materials."

Hamish Weatherly says Unicef is also providing basic emergency health kits and is giving support and advice to the Government on how food rations should be distributed to those in need.