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Big Help Here For Cyclone Hit Children, Families In Fiji And Vanuatu

Cyclone hit children and their families in Fiji and Vanuatu are now being helped thanks to co-operation between UNICEF and Australia.
04 May 2020 10:12
Big Help Here For Cyclone Hit Children, Families In Fiji And Vanuatu
UNICEF relief supplies from Australia to help in the recovery after the devastation left by Tropical Cyclone Harold. Photo: UNICEF

Cyclone hit children and their families in Fiji and Vanuatu are now being helped thanks to co-operation between UNICEF and Australia.

A statement released by UNICEF said amidst COVID-19 challenges, including border closures and travel restrictions, the Australian Defence Force has provided support to airlift more than 25 metric tonnes of emergency response materials on four flights to Vanuatu and Fiji – two of the countries hardest hit by Tropical Cyclone Harold which struck on April 6

This assistance is being delivered to the Pacific Island countries according to their specific response needs from UNICEF’s warehouse based in Australia, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The emergency response materials that are being transported from Australia include tents to provide temporary learning spaces or to be used as temporary clinics, as well as tarpaulins to be used as shelters. Dignity kits that include items such as soap, torches, sanitary products, and water buckets will also help to ensure that children have access to clean water and hygiene.

“Addressing the emergency needs of children in the aftermath of a category five cyclone in the midst of a global pandemic is no easy task,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to the Pacific.

“We greatly appreciate the support provided by the Australian government in helping children and families to rebuild their lives,” he added.

UNICEF is working closely with the Governments of Fiji and Vanuatu to reach communities with essential supplies to support families to recover from the destruction of this natural disaster that claimed the lives of 31 people in the Pacific region.

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