Vanuatu fundraising drive following Cyclone Donna

People from Vanuatu's Torba Province have come together in Port Vila to start their own fundraising drive for people affected by Cyclone Donna.

The storm impacted many of the northern islands last week.

Marielo Laloyer, who is from Torba Province but now lives in Port Vila, said she hoped businesses in the capital would help with supply relief materials that can be sent north within the week.

"The greatest needs on Torres at the moment is nails, saw, hammer, rice, sugar and matches because I think the Red Cross and the NDMO is moving down to Torres with tarpaulin and water. So we are just planning a small fundraising to help."

She said some of the worst affected islands have had flood damage, food crops ruined and water sources contaminated and so every little bit helps.

Meanwhile, Vanuatu disaster officials are prioritising water and shelter items for Torres Island families who suffered the most damage in the cyclone.

RNZI reports two-hundred cartons of bottled water and other non-food items like medical aid were shipped for distribution to the Torres Islands group.

Director of the National Disaster Management Office Shadrack Welegtabit said food would also have to be sent to the Torres area while other cyclone affected zones need further assessment.

"We will be looking at Banks and we are going to do a proper assessment on those islands. And so we are organising that as well now. Not only Banks but also we are organising an assessment for west coast Santo and parts of west Malekula."

Welegtabit said an assessment team visited the worst affected areas over the weekend.


Photo Twitter IFRC Asia Pacific: Damage in Sanma from Cyclone Donna