Irish relief efforts in Vanuatu

Trócaire, the bishops’ overseas aid agency, is supporting relief efforts in Vanuatu in the aftermath of what is thought to have been the worst cyclone to ever hit the country.

Cyclone Pam, a category five storm, devastatedthe most populated island of Efate, where more than 65,000 people live, with wind speeds of up to 270 km/h.

“Our partners are working in the affected areas and we are working with them to get aid to people who have lost their homes,” said Éamonn Meehan, Trócaire’s Executive Director.

“This is yet another reminder of the constant threat of extreme weather facing people in the Pacific region. The Philippines recently experienced its worst ever storm and now it appears as though Vanuatu has suffered a similar fate.”