Vanuatu Plans International Disaster Relief Conference In Brussels

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Cyclone Pam recovery costs estimated at $570 million

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 1, 2015) – Vanuatu is planning an international donors' conference in Brussels later this year to share experiences on the destruction and recovery from Cyclone Pam.

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Sato Kilman, says a disaster assessment report will be presented to donors and friends of Vanuatu during discussions on how they can assist further.

The PACNEWS agency quotes Mr Kilman as saying his government is having the event in Brussels because it wants European Union participation, especially in addressing Vanuatu's vulnerabilities to climate change and disaster.

While the final assessment of the impact of Cyclone Pam is still being completed, Mr Kilman estimates recovery costs could reach $US570 million dollars.

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