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Samaritan’s Purse Responds to Cyclone Harold

We are offering relief to cyclone victims in the Pacific in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Harold in the South Pacific by offering support and funding to local partners and churches that are already active on the ground and engaged in emergency relief activities.

Cyclone Harold ripped through the South Pacific on April 6-10, devastating Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga. The Category 5 cyclone left tens of thousands of people homeless due to wind speeds reaching 270km/h, storm surge and flooding. Vanuatu was most severely affected, with more than 160,000 people in need of assistance. Vanuatu is one of a few countries in the world without a confirmed case of coronavirus, and officials are reluctant to open borders even for disaster relief.

Parts of Vanuatu and these other Pacific islands have been completely decimated by this cyclone. On top of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the people there are in desperate need of assistance,” said Dan Stephens, Samaritan’s Purse Australia and New Zealand Disaster Response Manager.

Our Disaster Relief Team is working closely with local organisations already active in disaster areas to purchase and distribute emergency food, water, medicine and other relief supplies.

Although challenging, we will do what it takes to respond in any way we can, and to assist those already working on the ground.”

Please pray for these hard-hit communities and for our staff and volunteers as we seek to support these nations during a time of desperate need.

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