The acting deputy prime minister of Vanuatu Hon. Jotham Napat has expressed his concern for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Harold.
“We are a resilient people, we have suffered through natural disasters before but it doesn’t make it any easier.
“Cyclones of this nature are terrifying to live through but the aftermath is what really takes its toll. The complete devastation, destroyed housing, food crops, essential shipping and freight services, telecommunications – we are living this nightmare right now.”
The acting DPM said what does make things easier is the support of local communities, families, friends and neighbours.
“We need to come together. We are stronger than Harold and we will get through this,” he said.
Hon. Napat said assistance was needed, and urgently.
“We need logistics, food and shelter and we know and are grateful for our friends and neighbours who have already committed much needed support.”
Hon. Napat also expressed his sympathy to neighbouring countries Solomon Islands and Fiji who have also felt the wrath of Harold.
“We stand together with our Melanesian cousins in this extraordinary time. We had all bunkered down to protect ourselves from Covid-19. This cyclone could not come at a worse time for us and we pray we will all get through this.”