20 March 2015
The British Red Cross has pledged £490,000 to bring aid to cyclone-hit Vanuatu and nearby countries.
Cyclone Pam devastated much of the Pacific country last weekend.
Large parts of Vanuatu are now affected by flooding, and communication networks have been badly damaged. Tens of thousands of people are thought to be homeless.
The money will fund vital help delivered by British Red Cross partners. These include the Vanuatu Red Cross, whose volunteers helped people prepare for and deal with the enormous impact of the disaster.
The funds pledged can be used to buy blankets, or materials and equipment to build or repair homes. The Red Cross is also working to get people safe drinking water, cutting the risk of disease outbreaks. Red Cross staff and volunteers are putting families separated during the disaster back in contact.
Jack Kalo Alick from Port Vila said: “It was very scary. This is the strongest cyclone I have experienced in my life. I even asked my mother if she had ever seen something like that. She said no.
“The wind was howling outside and my children were screaming inside. It was like a monster waking up and shaking our house.”