29 Apr 2020

Vanuatu gets more aid as diseases reported post-cyclone

6:34 am on 29 April 2020

Australia has delivered another load of humanitarian supplies to Vanuatu in response to Tropical Cyclone Harold.

Cyclone aid from Australia's third delivery is unloaded.

Cyclone aid from Australia's third delivery is unloaded. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported the delivery was the third received from Australia since the category five cyclone tore through Vanuatu's Sanma, Penama and Melampa provinces earlier this month.

On Sunday, an Australian C-17 Globemaster aircraft brought 95 tonnes of aid, including tents and medical supplies as well as household, hygiene and birthing kits.

Strict Covid-19 protocols were complied with by Australian Defence Force personnel, who provided medical clearances and wore Personal Protective Equipment.

Australia was reportedly coordinating its aid with other donor partners, including New Zealand, who made a second aid delivery a week earlier.

Meanwhile, cases of dysentery and dengue fever have been reported in Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Harold.

The Secretary General of Sanma Province, Albert Ruddley, said one case of dengue had been reported in Luganville and two in Tolomago.

Mr Ruddley said dysentery had been detected in some south Santo area councils to which an emergency team was responding.

There was also an outbreak of diarrhoea in an evacuation centre which housed several people with disabilities.