25 Feb 2011

Relief supplies sent to cyclone-stricken southern Vanuatu

4:28 pm on 25 February 2011

Relief supplies have begun to arrive in the five islands of Tafea province in southern Vanuatu struck by Cyclone Atu this week and Cyclone Vania last month.

The National Disaster Management Office says the first shipment of 240 tonnes of rice arrived in Tanna on board the MV Nakato.

The MV Makila will be leaving Port Vila tonight for a second shipment.

The MV Nakato will ensure distribution of rice mainly around the island of Tanna and the MV Makila will do the islands of Erromango, Aniwa, Futuna and Aneityum.

The Disaster Management Office says logistics are in place in those islands to do the inland distribution.

The aid will be distributed to more than 35 000 people in Tafea province that have been affected by the storms.