Simple Solutions Promoted For Rebuilding Vanuatu

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Red Cross working to build permanent housing for the displaced

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 1, 2015) – The Red Cross says it is now working to help people in cyclone-devastated Vanuatu rebuild and repair their homes.

The agency says it has reached 12 thousand people across 16 of the 22 affected islands with emergency aid like shelter material, essential household items and clean drinking water.

A Red Cross spokesperson in Port Vila, Madeline Wilson, says the focus is shifting from providing tarpaulins for immediate shelter to rebuilding permanent homes.

"I've been talking to one of our shelter cluster members who was explaining some really simple building techniques, using cross-bracing and galvanised tie down struts just to help people build back the way they know how to build but just a few simple techniques to really help make sure the infrastructure is stronger."

Madeline Wilson says the government will begin another phase of assessment in the coming days.

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