Vanuatu

Vanuatu Govt sends aid to disaster stricken island

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The Vanuatu Government has sent the first consignment of relief supplies to Pentecost Island which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami on Saturday.

The chairman of the National Disaster Management Council, John Sese says the aid includes sheltering material, food, water and medicine.

About one-thousand people lost everything in the disaster.

Mr Sese says Vanuatu's Council of Ministers has agreed to officially request assistance from Australia, France and New Zealand.

He says three Government Ministers have been touring the island to assess damage and find out what is needed by those families affected.

Mr Sese confirmed the damage to infrastructure, mostly roads, in the central and southern parts of Pentecost Island.

He says water catchments in the affected areas have been totally destroyed and water containers will be shipped in.

Eight people died and another two are still missing following the earthquake and tsunami.

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