Cyclone Pam: Fresh Breeze of Hope for Vanuatu

On March 13, Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam tore its way across the tiny nation of Vanuatu, smashing buildings and uprooting trees with winds reaching 320 kilometres per hour.

On March 13, Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam tore its way across the tiny nation of Vanuatu, smashing buildings and uprooting trees with winds reaching 320 kilometres per hour.

So far with the help of tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders Red Cross has shipped thousands of tarpaulins, water containers, shelter and first aid kits and plans to distribute much needed supplies through the 27 Vanuatu Red Cross branches across the islands.

Coca Cola is helping to promote the Cyclone Pam appeal with Red Cross, which was one of the first relief organizations on the ground in the devastated area following the cyclone.

The category five Tropical Cyclone devastated homes, livelihoods and infrastructure across Vanuatu, aid agencies reported.

Thousands of people in eight other Pacific nations have also been impacted by floods, heavy rainfall and winds. Including Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea.

Last week, Coca-Cola arranged delivery of 20,000 bottles of Kiwi Blue water to be delivered to Vanuatu through MFAT on the HMNZS Canterbury. The company has also donated 5,000 bottles of water to ‘Help Vanuatu’, a group led by Auckland University students who will be selling the bottles of water on campus on Friday 24th April with proceeds going to New Zealand Red Cross Tropical Cyclone Pam appeal.