16 March 2015
Aid workers are rushing to help after Cyclone Pam brought death and destruction to hundreds of Pacific islands this weekend.
British Red Cross partners – including local volunteers from the Vanuatu Red Cross – are already on the ground bringing vital support to those in the path of the storm.
In Vanuatu, tens of thousands of people are thought to have been affected by the disaster. An early survey suggests 90 per cent of homes in the capital Port Vila have been damaged.
Other countries hit by the cyclone include the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Fiji.
Help on its way from the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement includes aid workers trained in dealing with the aftermath of disasters, as well as emergency items such as tarpaulins, shelter kits and equipment that can provide safe drinking water for people affected.
Volunteers are helping to staff evacuation centres in Port Vila.
Alexander Matheou, British Red Cross head of programmes and partnerships, said: “Cyclone Pam has brought massive destruction to these islands, and our partners are already helping people who’ve seen their lives shattered overnight.
"We stand ready to give whatever support is needed.”