World Vision ready to assist in wake of Cyclone Lusi

International humanitarian agency World Vision is on standby ready to assist after Cyclone Lusi has left six people dead.

A further six people are missing from flooding and mudslides that resulted from the category 3 tropical cyclone.

World Vision Australia’s Head of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Anthea Spinks said that an aerial assessment team was deployed today to identify the most damaged areas. World Vision has pre-positioned relief goods ready to distribute to affected regions.

“World Vision Vanuatu staff and pre-positioned relief items such as tarps, mosquito nets and water purification tables are on standby to assist communities affected by Cyclone Lusi’s destruction across the country,” Ms Spinks said.

Cyclone Lusi hit Ambrym Island in Penama province, in north-east of the country then moved south-south east passing the provinces of Malampa, Shefa and Tafea.

Initial reports indicate that the province of Penama has been the most affected. Water sources have been contaminated after being filled with mud and debris.

World Vision started working in Vanuatu since 1981 to improve the wellbeing of children, especially the most vulnerable. World Vision works in partnership with communities on projects in education, health care, water, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods.

For an interview with World Vision staff in Vanuatu, please contact:

Gabrielle Brophy on 0407 575 112 or

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