World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Cyclone Donna: First reports of damage

Cyclone Donna: First reports of damage, World Vision on the ground

World Vision has received first reports of damage by Cyclone Donna which has made landfall in the north of Vanuatu.

A former World Vision staff member based in the Torba province, Bob Din, confirms winds have already downed trees and many people are sheltering in evacuation centres. “A church and many houses were destroyed by Donna overnight”, Din said.

Vanuatu remains on high alert as Cyclone Donna moves over the archipelago over the next 24 hours with gale force winds of up to 205km/hr predicted. It is also forecasted to bring heavy rain, flooding and sea swelling of up to 6m.

World Vision is on the ground preparing communities in the path of the cyclone. The aid agency also has pre-positioned emergency supplies such as food, blankets, tarpaulins and hygiene and kitchen kits ready should they be needed.

“The communities we work with have been advised of the threat, and are preparing for the cyclone. World Vision has relief items already available in the capital (Port Vila) and also on Santo and Tanna Islands,” says Michael Wolfe, World Vision Vanuatu Country Director.

“World Vision works with some of the most vulnerable and remote communities, and our staff have being doing great work raising awareness about the cyclone through the community disaster committees that have been established. We know that children and families in remote communities are following community disaster plans that our staff have helped them to put in place.”

Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has also activated its operation centre and continues to monitor the cyclone progression.

“The NDMO is using phone messages to spread preparedness awareness to the population of Vanuatu and radio awareness has also started,” said NDMO’s director Shadrack Welegtabit.

With more than 30 years of experience in Vanuatu and 80 staff based throughout the country, World Vision has been working closely with national and local government disaster response teams and other agencies to monitor the situation, and prepare to respond.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>

Werewolf: The Maverick On Moloka’i

Monday, April 17 was Moloka’i’s turn for some face-to-face time with Tulsi Gabbard, who is part Samoan and part haole (pakeha), a practising Hindu, and a Middle East combat veteran. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>


Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>