30 Oct 2013

Supplies to sent to Paama after Vanuatu landslide

4:32 pm on 30 October 2013

The Vanuatu police patrol boat, the Tukoro, is expected to rush emergency food supplies, garden and household tools and clothes to Paama Island following a destructive landslide last Friday.

Authorities say no one was hurt but food gardens and water supplies were wrecked and animals killed.

On Sunday, the prime minister, Moana Carcasses, visited the island to see the impact of the disaster.

The Council of Ministers has since allocated 180,000 US dollars to assist the villagers after an emergency assessment team had reported back.

Our correspondent says no one died because a young local man had heard the noise of the approaching landslide and rushed from house to house warning the villagers.