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Australia stands with Vanuatu in responding to TC Harold

Australia stands with Vanuatu in responding to TC Harold
Australia stands with Vanuatu in responding to TC Harold
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On 13 April, in response to the Vanuatu Government’s request for humanitarian assistance, Australia delivered relief supplies on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft as part of a 310 million Vatu (AUD4 million) package of support to Vanuatu.
The C-17 Globemaster delivered shelter kits, kitchen kits, blankets, solar lanterns, bed nets and hygiene kits.
In delivering these supplies, Australia complied with strict COVID-19 protocols. Australian Defence Force personnel supporting the delivery of these essential supplies adopted additional measures including wearing Personal Protective Equipment, providing medical clearances, disinfecting equipment and supplies, and practicing physical distancing at all times.
Australia’s $4 million package of immediate relief to Vanuatu includes:
– Humanitarian relief supplies, such as blankets, lanterns, shelter kits and hygiene kits, and support for logistics in-country
– Support for the Government of Vanuatu in areas including health, education and policing to respond to the immediate impacts of the cyclone
– Assistance to international and local NGOs to support the Government of Vanuatu’s efforts to provide immediate assistance to affected communities.
The Australian Government has also supported Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to undertake technical assessments and the Vanuatu Red Cross Society to distribute pre-positioned relief items. Australia’s bilateral aid program to Vanuatu is also responding, including by providing additional equipment to the Vanuatu Police Force and deploying staff to participate in NDMO-led rapid assessments. PHOTO credit: Tabi Mamkan Yonesco/FB