22 Mar 2015

Australian Foreign Minister visits cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

4:36 pm on 22 March 2015

The Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is expected to meet with the Vanuatu government today to assure them of her country's support in the cyclone relief efforts.

Ms Bishop is scheduled to travel to Vanuatu and see the devastating impact the cyclone has had as well as to meet 56 members of the Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop Photo: RNZ / Chris Bramwell

The Minister is also to meet Prime Minister Joe Natuman and Foreign Minister Sato Kilman and update them on the Australian Defence Force's increased response to the aid mission.

The Australian Government says it continues to expand its support to Vanuatu, including the distribution of supplies for a further 2,500 people, which will arrive on the HMAS Tobruk on Monday.

In addition, Australia is providing nearly 8 million US dollars in relief funding, including nearly $40,000 for emergency sexual and reproductive health services for women in Vanuatu.