Cyclone recovery begins in Vanuatu

from Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Published on 10 Feb 2012 View Original

Cyclone Jasmine has left Vanuatu waters and is heading south into the open ocean, after leaving a trail of destruction in it's wake.

Shadrack Welegtabic from Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office, said once air and ground damage assessments are completed, work will begin on getting aid to the southern islands most severely affected.

He told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat says while aerial photgraphs suggest crops such as casava and banana have been damaged, there's no immediate threat to food security.

"There's still enough crop available for people to use in the couple of, two to three weeks and then after that period we might consider looking at food relief," he said.

"After we get the ground assessment we'll be able to give out more information".

He also said the aerial photographs do not suggest many buildings have been damaged.

Listen to Audio: Bruce Hill interviews Shadrack Welegtabic

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