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Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Update for general distribution

Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Update for general distribution
Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Update for general distribution
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There are many rumours going around on social media about the response to TC Harold and what is occurring.
The following information is from the NDMO to keep people updated with accurate details:
1. No foreign personnel are being brought to Vanuatu for response efforts at the present time, this will be an internally run operation.
If any foreign flights require crew to get off aircraft for example for re-fuelling, they will be isolated in safe areas at the transit area at the airport as per Direction #35 form the NDMO. Any crew will stay on the airside of the airport.
2. Foreign donated humanitarian supplies which have initially come from our partners from Australia, New Zealand and France are being handled to strict health protocols to negate any risk of Covid 19 coming to Vanuatu. These goods have been sealed, wrapped and handled by people wearing the proper protective equipment.
3. Any aircraft you may have seen in the past few days are conducting aerial assessments to inform NDMO of what damage has occurred and to identify the areas in most need. These need to occur to get the response happening, do not be alarmed this is not like Cyclone Pam where many foreigners came to assist, this response will be different.
4. Any flights that have been arranged to come to Vanuatu with supplies come in empty of passengers so no one from Covid affected countries is coming into the country. The foreign borders are very firmly closed to any foreign passengers.
5. Please do not circulate rumours and gossip if you are not sure of the facts, at this time of need we should remain calm and help out our fellow citizens.
For further information , please contact the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) at ndmo@vanuatu.gov.vu or call +678 22699. Photo: VBTC

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