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March 25, 2015

Emergency supplies delivered in Vanuatu

photoFrom left, James Bule, minister for Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management, and Takuji Hanatani, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan, exchange signed documents.
photoEmergency supplies arrive in Vanuatu.

Emergency supplies sent by the Japan International Cooperation Agency have arrived in the country following damage caused by Cyclone Pam, which passed east of Port Vila on the night of March 13.

On the morning of March 23, emergency supplies arrived in Port Vila and a handover ceremony was held at 2 p.m. It was attended by James Bule, minister for Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management,, from the Vanuatuan side, and Takuji Hanatani, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru Tuvalu and Vanuatu, and Tsutomu Moriya, resident representative of JICA Vanuatu Office, from the Japanese side.

During the ceremony, Bule expressed his profound gratitude for Japan’s speedy assistance. The supplies will be delivered systematically and used efficiently, he said.

Hanatani expressed his sympathy for the affected people and hoped that the supplies would serve as effective support to the Vanuatuan people and help them regain a stable life as soon as possible.

The supplies will be delivered to affected areas by the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office in cooperation with other international organizations and NGOs.

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