9 Aug 2016

Remote Vanuatu islands suffering acute shortages

6:56 pm on 9 August 2016

A Torres Islands' community leader in Vanuatu says islanders are facing acute shortages of water and food.

Live giving water, a sight for sore eyes one week after Cyclone Pam. Each of these orange bins holds 1000L these were brought from the Dragonfly and left with the communities for reuse in the future.

Volunteers fill 1000L water containers after Cyclone Pam in 2015, but now Torres Islanders say they desperately need food and water. Photo: RNZI / Koroi Hawkins

The Daily Post reports the Torres Islands area secretary, Daniel Lolvin, saying the islands need aid now, and he says not enough is being done by the government.

Mr Lolvin says much of the water is polluted forcing the people from the main, most densely inhabited island of Loh, to travel by boat to Toga Island to fetch water in containers.

Mr Lolvin says the boat trips cost $US140 each.

He says the islanders often also travel to neighbouring Gaua Island for medical care but this is another huge cost.

The community leader says because of the El Niño earlier this year, and the more recent drought, the islands are facing acute crop and food problems, leading to shortages.