Samaritan’s Purse Helps Cyclone-Devastated Vanuatu

(PHOTO: REUTERS/UNICEF PACIFIC/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, March 14, 2015.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/UNICEF PACIFIC/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, March 14, 2015.

Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse nonprofit organization is rushing in to help in the archipelago of Vanuatu, which on Saturday was hit by the 185 mph gusts of cyclone Pam, destroying or damaging 90 percent of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila. Eleven people have been reported dead so far.

“Samaritan’s Purse is there with our disaster response team and our chartered cargo flight will arrive soon with supplies, including bottled water, plastic shelter material, and hygiene kits,” Graham said in a message on Facebook.

“We are also sending a medical team to set up a mobile clinic for outpatient care for the many injured. Pray for all those affected, that they will know that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'”

Reuters revealed that the initial death toll of 24 was revised down to 11, but officials fear it might rise again with the great humanitarian need in the area. A witness said that most of the 29,000 people on the island of Tanna survived by taking refuge in schools, churches, and other buildings.

“People sheltered in school buildings. We were helping one another,” said 67-year-old witness Ropate Vuso.

“We are running short of food, water, shelter and electricity. We have no communications, we are still waiting for the people from parliament, the chief and the president, but still nobody is coming.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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