Cyclone Pam causes devastation on the Islands of Vanuatu
Help and support via the International aid community is on its way to the Island pacific nation of Vanuatu after a category 5 Cyclone described as a “Monster” ripped its way through the Pacific archipelago.
Due to the remoteness of the country the scale of the devastation is inconclusive until communications are restored, however early reports estimate that almost all of the 256,000 population has been affected by what’s being described as one of the worst disasters ever to hit the region.
Since reports broke, LIFESAVER systems have been working to connect with the wider aid community on the ground to help those that require access to clean water. Early concern has also highlighted the need of the second phase of this emergency with the potential spread of waterborne diseases being high, further adding to the devastation for the people of Vanuatu.
Devastation is on a vast scale with 90% of the structures in Efate estimated as being damaged. The full scale has still not been identified with much of the south having sat under the eye of the storm for hours. An international response was asked for from President Lonsdale after he shared that he could not reach his family due to the breakdown in communications. “We do not know if our families are safe or not. As the leader of the nation, my whole heart if for the people, the nation".
How LIFESAVER are working to help
President Lonsdale has appealed for International help with the Governments of Britain, Australia and New Zealand being quick to respond. The UK Department for International Aid (DFID) have put a Rapid Response Framework in place, initiating a chain of response amongst a number of pre-qualified partners, LIFESAVER systems being one of its partners. With an RRF in place, members of the network can readily pull on pre-positioned LIFESAVER stock in both the UK and Dubai.
Further to this, LIFESAVER system's New Zealand partner has responded to a request from the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT) who have deployed LIFESAVER bottles and jerrycans for use by their in-the-field response teams, this will ensure they are kept healthy by only consuming clean safe drinking water whilst working in Vanuatu to help others.
LIFESAVER systems Humanitarian Advisor, Oliver Duncan says 'LIFESAVER systems has connected with the leading agencies working in Vanuatu, reinforcing our readiness to respond with instantly deployable DFID stock, which we believe will be actioned over the coming days and weeks to help those that need clean water the most’.
LIFESAVER systems provide portable water purification solutions that turn dirty contaminated water into clean safe, sterile drinking water within seconds. Providing an invaluable lifeline to those without.
If you are an organisation, NGO or agency who could help us to deploy LIFESAVER systems on the ground, we would welcome time to speak with you to support your aid efforts. Contact Oliver Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on + 44 1206 580999.