LUGANVILLE MAYOR PLEADS FOR URGENT HELP

A photo of the Luganville Municipal Council by Luganville Mayor Peter Patty before the total blackout on all networks.

The people in SANMA Province are in urgent assistance of food, shelter and water after category 5 cyclone Harold.

Mayor of the Luganville Municipal Council (LMC), Peter Patty, conveyed this to the Daily Post via satellite phone yesterday.

He said: “We are badly affected.

“We urgently need water, food and shelter at the moment.

“Many have lost their homes. Schools are destroyed. Electricity is down.

“I’m urgently calling for help. This is one of the worst experiences of my life.”

According to Mayor Patty, the worst affected areas in SANMA are West Coast, South Santo, Malo, Aore including Luganville.

Currently, communication networks in the affected islands are still down thus, assessing the impacts of the cyclone is difficult.

However, the government has begun deploying teams to conduct aerial assessments and also to restore communication networks, water and electricity.

Caretaker Prime Minister (PM), Charlot Salwai, assured in a press conference yesterday afternoon that the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), Digicel and Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) have already mobilized to restore telecommunication networks in the affected islands.

Meanwhile the Mayor of Mont-Dore city in New Caledonia has pledged his support to the people Vanuatu, in the aftermaths of category 5 tropical cyclone Harold.

Mayor Eddie Lecourieux noted that on Tuesday, April 7, cyclone Harold continued its way to southeast and is getting closer to Fiji’s island. On Monday, April 6, Harold was located on the island of Espiritu Santo, in the north of Vanuatu archipelago.

“On behalf of the city of Mont-Dore and the City Council, I would like to express my friendship and my support to all the people of Vanuatu,” Mayor Lecourieux conveyed yesterday evening. “In addition to suffering the current global health crisis linked to the COVID-19, the archipelago has faced this devastating cyclone.

“As a reminder, the city of Mont-Dore is twinned to Luganville since 2019, a town located on Espiritu Santo’s island. But the bonds of friendship between our two cities has existed for several years, with two protocol of friendship signed in 2006 and 2012.

“I have a special thought for my colleague, Peter Patty, Mayor of Luganville and Onen Gaviga, Deputy Mayor, and for all the people of Luganville, as well as all our friends in Mont-Dore.

“As soon as the situation allows it, and according to material and human needs, the city of Mont- Dore will provide exceptional assistance to Luganville, our sister city.”

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