Emergency response experts sent to Vanuatu in cyclone aftermath

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Emergency response experts are being sent by the UN health agency to Vanuatu.

This is following a devastating cyclone that struck the Pacific island nation over the weekend.

Cyclone Pam, with winds of more than 250 kilometres per hour and one-metre storm, ravaged Vanuatu on Friday and Saturday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating response efforts with Vanuatu's Ministry of Health and other humanitarian partners to support the country.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

WHO says that while the damage caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is still being assessed, there are reports of deaths and serious injuries.

Homes have been destroyed and there is limited or no access to health services, food and clean water in many places.

The cyclone created debris that has blocked roads, knocked down bridges and creating flooding.

Electricity is out in many placed and phones and Internet systems are down or unreliable in the Pacific island country, WHO adds.

The UN health agency says it has activated its emergency operations centre, and put a support team in place to assess needs and deploy critical resources to help in the response.

In addition to sending emergency response experts to Vanuatu, WHO together with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Health, are continuing an immunization campaign against measles which began before the cyclone.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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