Yachts Mobilise To Help YachtAid Global’s Vanuatu Relief Effort
Published: Friday, 20 March 2015
With huge devastation across the islands of Vanuatu after category five Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall on the island chain on Mar 13, YachtAid Global has worked to implement a relief plan drawing aid from across the Pacific.
The first yacht is relocating to Vanuatu to aid in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The yacht is expected to deliver humanitarian aid within the next few days.
YachtAid Global is still seeking further yachts in New Zealand and the Pacific to help with delivery of aid to Vanuatu. The republic has suffered widespread devastation with over 80 islands experiencing a direct hit from the largest cyclone ever recorded in the area, with winds gusting to over 320km/h.
Registered nonprofit YachtAid Global will match monetary donations up to the first US$5000 and has coordinated drop-off points in Auckland for clothes and goods. The organisation is experienced at quickly orchestrating the delivery of disaster relief using yachts cruising close to affected regions. YachtAid Global's Facebook page and website both contain resources for people wishing to get involved and help.
Devastating damage to infrastructure has been recorded across the capital, Port Vila; 90 per cent of structures on the island have been damaged or destroyed. More than 54,000 children have been affected and there is concern for the southernmost islands of Tafea Province, which were struck directly by the eye wall.
Wholesale destruction has been reported on the island of Tanna as the first flights arrived at the airport Thursday morning local time. Many roads are impassable, with aid workers on the ground describing mass destruction leading to enormous humanitarian needs. Though badly damaged, the main hospital in Port Vila is operational though medical supplies are being called for urgently. Other immediate needs for the people of Vanuatu are shelter, potable water and food.
The damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam has been violent, widespread and will be lasting. With damage to crops, destroyed infrastructure and a lack of medical supplies, the people of Vanuatu need immediate aid from around the region and sustained assistance to recover from the effects of Pam.