International Efforts to Aid Vanuatu

CIMSEC reports on the effects of tropical cyclone Pam on the archipelagic nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific and the aid that is being given to the islands since the 165 mph storm hit the islands on 13/14 March.

Units from Australia, New Zealand, France, and the UK have been providing assistance. I was a little surprised there was no indication of help from the US military.

The 268,000 affected people are spread over 65 islands, with security experts likening it to dealing with 65 simultaneous emergencies. Furthermore, the difficulty of travel from one island to another makes it incredibly hard to compile an accurate picture of what the situation is.

There is also an update of the infographic depicting international assistance here.

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