It's been just over two weeks since Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu. WFP is supporting the government-led relief effort by helping organize distributions, logistics services, and providing extra food to supplement government packages for around 160,000 people across 22 islands.
Here are 12 gifs that explain:
1) The first WFP flight arrived in Vanuatu on the evening of 22 March, carrying operational cargo and relief items for humanitarian partners from the WFP-managed U.N. Humanitarian Response Depots in Dubai and Malaysia, and supported by the United Arab Emirates.
2) When urgent cargo arrives and there is no available storage, what does WFP do? Set up some mobile warehouses!
3) Food and non-food relief items are temporarily stored here at the Vanuatu airport through the Logistics Cluster.
4) At the same time, IT experts from the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and its network of partners are establishing internet connectivity.
5) Essential air support to transport food and cargo is being provided by partners. Here, a plane full of nutritious biscuits from WFP arrives in Vanuatu. Thanks for carrying it, Australia!
6) The biscuits make their way to Cyclone-affected islands receiving food assistance, going by truck and small boat..
7) ...while some are transported by helicopter to reach them.
8) Family-sized packets of rice provided by the Government also go by air..
9) ...and arrive by air taxi.
10) Vanuatu families meet at the food distribution center, where they pick up their rations and begin walking home.
11) After travelling on trucks, boats, planes and helicopters, the food arrives where it's needed most.
WFP is entirely voluntarily funded. Thanks to all of our donors who have generously supported us, ensuring our ability to provide food assistance and support the Government of Vanuatu’s relief efforts.
Footage: WFP/Victoria Cavanagh