31 Mar 2015

UN warns of second disaster in Vanuatu

9:19 pm on 31 March 2015

The United Nations is warning government and aid agencies supporting the post-cyclone recovery in Vanuatu not to let their guard down as they say the threat of a second disaster is very real.

Taunono community, which was completely destroyed when Super Cyclone Pam struck.

Taunono community, which was completely destroyed when Super Cyclone Pam struck. Photo: Unicef

The UNDP's Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu, Osnat Lubrani made the call from Port Vila after visits to Tafea province on Saturday.

Ms Lubrani says the current relief efforts are working on a three month timeline but it could take years for some sectors in the country to recover.

"The teams that are actually going out today and will be doing the more in depth assessment this week and next week and based on that we will actually see what the needs are. And if need be we will, the government will I am sure adapt the time lines"

The UNDP's Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu Osnat Lubrani

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