Reliable sources from the ground on the devastated Mataso Island have reconfirmed Government Public Relations’ Officer, Kiery Manassah’s report that two people also died on the island due to the devastation by Cyclone Pam.
The sources suggest that had relief assistance arrived on the island soon after the cyclone, one of the victims would have been taken to hospital for medical treatment and he would have survived.
The sources say the man was injured after he was blown against a coconut tree and he might have survived had medical assistance visited the island soon after the cyclone.
He died later while another eight villagers were seriously injured and survived.
Asked in the latest press conference at the National Disaster Management Office yesterday afternoon, to reconfirm how many people have died in the cyclone, the Prime Minister said 11.
While any death in Vanuatu is tragic, it is becoming clear that the world has expected the worst from a Category 5 cyclone that hit the country over a week ago.
Already the international media is praising the Government and people of Vanuatu for their resilience in the face of the monster disaster, hinting that perhaps Vanuatu also has something to teach the world about how to survive through a category 5 cyclone.