CYCLONE Ula in Vanuatu has been upgraded to a category-four system and is expected to hit the same areas devastated by Cyclone Pam last year, the biggest cyclone in the country’s history.
Packing winds of up to 165km/h, the storm is likely to bring heavy rain, which could cause flash flooding and landslides. Storm surges are also possible in coastal areas.
CARE Australia has staff and volunteers on all of the islands in Tafea province, which are likely to bear the brunt of the cyclone. CARE staff are ready to assess and respond to the situation.
Since 2008, CARE has been been working in Vanuatu to strengthen the resilience of local communities to better deal with disasters and the impacts of climate change. CARE led a major response when
Cyclone Pam ripped through Vanuatu in March 2015, affecting more than half the population.
CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. www.care.org.au.