3 Jun 2017

After deaths, Vanuatu president questions cyclone response

12:25 pm on 3 June 2017
Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale speaks during an interview with Agence France-Presse in his hotel room minutes before his departure to return home after attending the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 16, 2015.

Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura

Vanuatu's president, Baldwin Lonsdale, has queried parliament as to when the citizens of Vanuatu will start to receive quality services in the wake of Cyclone Donna.

President Lonsdale said expired medicine distributed to the worst-affected Torres islands had caused two deaths.

He also said food supplies were expired, and products being distributed had no labels or instructions.

In response the Head of State's speech, the National Disaster director, Shadrack Welegtabit, said enquiries were being made into the matter.