Cyclone Pam Relief Effort

Posted 18 March 2015

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H Hercules from 40 Squadron at RNZAF Auckland arrived in Vanuatu on 15 March 2015 with a first consignment of aid for the stricken country in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The relief supplies included first aids kits, tarpaulins for emergency shelter, water containers, chainsaws, and generators. Specialist personnel from New Zealand Government agencies and the New Zealand Red Cross were also aboard the Hercules to provide direct assistance and conduct a needs assessment that will shape further assistance. A New Zealand P-3K2 Orion crew also provided reconnaissance support at the request of the Tuvaluan Government to assist with their disaster needs assessment. The Orion crew was already in the Pacific Islands after successfully locating a vessel in distress and assisting with its rescue off Tonga.

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