The Government has distributed rice and food for the drought-stricken communities in north Efate and Aniwa.

LC Tiwi Trader arrived at Aniwa yesterday with 900 bags of 25kg rice, 2,000 cartons of Vanuatu water, diesel and a battery for the desalination machine to produce water.

Two officers from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) have accompanied the relief supplies on board LC Tiwi Trader to Aniwa.

Daily Post was informed some of the bags of rice on the vessel got wet and the Community Disaster Committee (CDC) will convene to discuss how the bags of rice will be shared among the households.

Officers from the Department of Water are also expected to travel to Aniwa to ensure the desalination machine is operational.

Meanwhile, water trucking from Takara to Tanoliu in north Efate has also started and will continue for the next weeks.

A report from the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) conveyed that reports from the Provincial Disaster Committees indicate that communities are in great need for water and food.

The 2029/2020 cyclone season and lower rainfall over the past few months triggered drought over the country, according to the situation report.

Drought assessment reports from SANMA, MALAMPA and TORBA are yet to be received by the NEOC.

NEOC is coordinating drought responses with the Food and Water Cluster Teams.

The Inter-Cluster Meeting is expected to be held today (Wednesday).

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