23 Mar 2015

Vanuatu island frustrated at disaster surveys

11:51 am on 23 March 2015

A disaster committee member on the Vanuatu island of Emae says people are continuing to question the speed at which the government is providing aid to cyclone affected people.

Port Vila, Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam.

Port Vila, Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

Richard Jenery is also the principal of Emae High School and he says although relief supplies have been slow in arriving there have been numerous assessments carried out.

Mr Jenery says 80 percent of the people on Emae are without shelter and he says they are waiting for more action.

"The village people are asking themselves, what are we going to say? We have already given them information about our households. We are all confused. You have three organisations, three people coming in from Vila taking information and we are asking ourselves, are we going to receive help apart from questioning? Apart from pictures?"

Mr Jenery says the storm devastated his island and has led to most people being homeless.

"Most of the community lost their houses and at this point in time as we are speaking more than 80% of the population of the island are homeless and that's the reality. At this point in time many of the community don't have shelter."

Listen to Koroi Hawkins reporting from the Shepherd islands