17 Mar 2015

European Commission gives $1M to Vanuatu relief effort

1:15 pm on 17 March 2015

The European Commission is giving over US$1 million to the Cyclone Pam emergency relief effort in Vanuatu.

The Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.

The EU-funding aims to contribute towards the most urgent needs in Vanuatu, with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable victims.

The assistance will be implemented through humanitarian partner organisations working on the ground and cover needs such as shelter, clean water and medicine

The Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini says Europe stands with compassion with the families of the victims in Vanuatu.

Aid arriving in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Aid arriving in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins