JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli NGO IsraAID has sent a team of relief workers to the small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, which suffered extensive damage from Cyclone Pam.
A team reportedly arrived Sunday in the resort town of Eratap to see the damage and meet with local leaders, including the island’s chief. Another team visited the capital of Port Villa to coordinate with other agencies and the island’s government.
Vanuatu was struck by a category 5 tropical cyclone, called Pam, on March 13.
IsraAid reportedly sent its first team of relief workers two days after the cyclone hit. Relief efforts are being funded in part by the American Jewish Committee.
Last December, IsraAID provided relief in the Philippines in the wake of a deadly typhoon, which left at least 21 people dead and displaced more than 1.6 million Filipinos.
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, a 147-member medical and humanitarian mission from the Israel Defense Forces spent nearly two weeks running a field hospital in Bogo City. Israel also delivered more 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies for typhoon victims.