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Emalus Campus Reopens

Emalus Campus Reopens
The University of the South Pacific’s Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu, after Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam.
March 27
09:10 2015

The University of the South Pacific’s Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu,  opened for classes this week after being closed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam last fortnight.

USP vice-chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said three staff members had been sent to Vanuatu on Monday to support the students.

“An electrician, plumber and counsellor from the Laucala Campus are leaving for Vanuatu to provide necessary assistance,”  Professor Chandra said.

Students turned up in numbers on the first day of studies this week following the Category 5 STC Pam that caused widespread damage in Vanuatu.

Professor Chandra said the water and electricity situation at the campus had been a concern at the campus.

“It was very heartening to note that electricity has been restored to the main campus and the university has secured two generators to power the residential halls which have been experiencing some setbacks in terms of power supply,” he said.

“The campus has had water supply restored and there is water available at the tanks as well but students are urged to use best judgment and boil water before drinking.”

Classes will finish before 6pm daily because of the nationwide curfew in place.

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