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Red Cross helps across Vanuatu as major Cyclone Donna approaches


Vanuatu Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to help their communities be safe and prepared ahead of a major cyclone which is due to start hitting the country in the coming hours.

Thursday May 4, 2017

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Australian Red Cross is on standby to help anytime a disaster strikes in the region.

Tropical Cyclone Donna is expected to unleash damaging winds, rough seas, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding across Vanuatu from tonight.

In the lead-up to the cyclone season, Red Cross has been training local disaster response teams across the Pacific as well as stocking relief supplies and ensuring that disaster preparedness plans and evacuation procedures are in place.

Vanuatu Red Cross is coordinating with government authorities to prepare emergency relief supplies, such as kitchen sets and tarpaulins, for outer island communities which are expected to experience the brunt of the cyclone.

Australian Red Cross is on standby to help anytime a disaster strikes in the region. We have a register of trained specialists in emergency response, shelter, health and sanitation, as well as equipment that can rapidly provide drinking water in emergency situations.

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