7 Apr 2015

Vanuatu looks to second phase of post-Pam recovery

9:40 am on 7 April 2015

The leader of the United Nations Disaster Assessment Co-ordination team in Vanuatu says authorities are now moving into a second phase of assessment for the country's long-term recovery after cyclone Pam.

Sebastian Rhodes Stampa says until now, the main focus has been to raise money and get basic supplies such as food, shelter and water distributed to the people who need it.

Food security remains a concern in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

Food security remains a concern in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam Photo: RNZI

He says now the focus will be on identifying the people who are still in need, whether the response needs to be changed, and looking at longer-term planning.

"So we're still addressing some fairly critical needs, but we're also looking at the life-sustaining and early recovery needs. I mean, you've got something like 95 percent of crops wiped out in the affected area, and people need planting kits and seeds so they can start getting a crop in now for the next harvest."

Sebastian Rhodes Stampa says disaster authorities in Vanuatu have handled the response to cyclone Pam magnificently.

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