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India Gives US$250K For Cyclone Rehab

India Gives US$250K For Cyclone Rehab
Vanuatu students at the University of South Pacific yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
March 21
13:13 2015

The Government of India has given US$ 250,000 to Vanuatu to help with relief and rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam last week.

In a statement, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said New Delhi deeply sympathised and was saddened by the tragedy STC Pam wreaked on the Pacific island nation.

Lives have been lost with a widespread destruction of properties in Vanuatu.

“The scale of the disaster is growing because basic infrastructure and livelihood has been severely impacted,” the statement read.

“Keeping in view the friendly bilateral relations and the humanitarian situation in the wake of the cyclone, the government of India stands ready to extend any further assistance required by the people of Vanuatu in this hour of need.”

BSP donates F$105K

Additionally, the Bank South Pacific group also made a donation of $105,000 towards relief efforts currently underway in Vanuatu.

BSP made the presentation to Vanuatu Red Cross to help with immediate relief supplies like food, clean water and sanitation, medical aid to affected communities.

As well as contributing to longer term relief operations in rebuilding the lives of those affected.

BSP  chief executive officer Robin Fleming said, “We extend our prayers to those affected, their families and communities. BSP values our relationship with our fellow Pacific Island Nations and we hope that this donation will go a long way to support Vanuatu Red Cross in their restoration efforts.

“As the leading bank in the South Pacific, our families extend across the ocean and we are pleased to lend a helping hand and be part of the relief efforts to restore normality to Vanuatu.”

farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

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