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Vanuatu's president appeals for help for cyclone-ravaged nation

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 01:28

Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale says Cyclone Pam has threatened the country's future and appeals for help for the ravaged island-nation. Pavithra George reports.

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As Vanuatu reels from the aftermath of Cyclone Pam that killed several residents, its president Baldwin Lonsdale calls for help for the devastated island nation . Many here are subsistence farmers - their livelihood, now in jeopardy, after the powerful storm. At a UN conference in Japan, Lonsdale expresses concern for the future of his country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VANUATU PRESIDENT, BALDWIN LONSDALE, SAYING: "I am speaking with you today with a heart that is so heavy. I do not really know what impact Cyclone Pam had left on Vanuatu, as there are no confirmed report as of yet. All I can say is that our hope for prospering into the future has been sedated." Cyclone Pam is the most powerful storm to hit the Pacific island nation in decades. At least eight people have died and that number is expected to rise in the coming days. Many residents are now in evacuation centers, but aid workers say authorities in this poor nation are ill-prepared to deal with the displaced victims. Australia's offering help. So too is the United Nations although plans to send in relief workers on Sunday remain uncertain with the airport closed and high winds still raging.

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Vanuatu's president appeals for help for cyclone-ravaged nation

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 01:28