Cyclone affected children and their families in Fiji and Vanuatu will be assisted following the cooperation between UNICEF and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Amidst COVID-19 challenges, including border closures and travel restrictions, the Australian Defence Force has provided support to airlift more than 25 metric tonnes of emergency response materials on four flights to Vanuatu and Fiji – two of the countries hardest hit by TC Harold.

The emergency response materials that are being transported from Australia include tents to provide temporary learning spaces or to be used as temporary clinics, as well as tarpaulins to be used as shelters.

Dignity kits that include items such as soap, torches, sanitary products, and water buckets will also help to ensure that children have access to clean water and hygiene.

UNICEF Representative to the Pacific, Sheldon Yett says addressing the emergency needs of children in the aftermath of a category five cyclone in the midst of a global pandemic is no easy task.

UNICEF acknowledges the support provided by the Australian Government in helping children and families to rebuild their lives.

UNICEF is working closely with the Governments of Vanuatu and Fiji to reach communities with essential supplies to support families to recover from the destruction of this natural disaster that claimed the lives of 31 people in the Pacific region.

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