Red Cross says Cyclone Pam survivors need urgent help, launches $3.8 mn appeal

March 17, 2015 11:05 AM

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Red Cross says Cyclone Pam survivors need urgent help, launches $3.8 mn appeal

The survivors of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu are desperate for water, food and safe shelter, the Red Cross said on Tuesday as it launched an emergency appeal for 3.9 million Swiss francs ($3.8 million). One of the worst cyclones to affect the Pacific region, the disaster killed at least 24 people and caused mass destruction when it tore through the archipelago country on Friday and Saturday with winds of more than 300 kph (185 mph).

"We are extremely concerned for the safety and well-being of many communities affected by the cyclone, particularly in the more remote regions of the country that are only accessible by boat," said Aurélia Balpe, regional head of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC...

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