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    Vanuatu: Update 1

    The Vanuatu government is requesting coordination with all NGO groups, so before any deliveries are made we have to have eyes on. I also GPS tag and take pictures of the destruction and current living conditions.

    We heard reports of people who were virtually inaccessible, so Craig and I took a boat up to the north west coast of Tanna and then hiked in to assess 3 communities, about 1000 people total. None of them had been contacted by any aid organizations, some had all of their buildings destroyed. Many had moved down to caves on the beach.

    The biggest need of all 3 communities is water, their normal supplies, either pipes from underground wells or storm drainage catchment from roofs, were also destroyed. Many are drinking dirty water they can find or in some cases sea water. They have very limited food supplies, about 5-7 days worth. We even used up all of own own water, about 5 liters, to reach them. We slept in hammocks for the night, and eventually used out water filters and iodine pills to drink from their same sources, as well as drinking from coconuts twice.

    We hiked back out, made our report and have been given permission to help these victims. I'm packing now to fly over with about 2 tons of bottled water to be delivered by helicopter, we have 3 potential drop zones but the most likely one is a few miles from where it needs to be, so in that case, they will drop me off with a local guide, we will organize the distribution from that point, I'll camp the night and hike out the next day with the guide. This delivery is critical as we are hoping it will establish a pipeline for more aid to come through

    Photo 1:The villagers were all very happy to see us. We were the first to reach them since the cyclone hit

    Photo2: In all we made contact with 3 communities, about 1000 people all who are in desperate need of water, food and shelter.

    Photo 3: Between the hike and the heat, we were just burning through our water. We had to refill twice using local water, while not the cleanest, we were able to purify and use.
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