UN Releases $2.5M to Help People Affected by Cyclone Harold in South Pacific Islands

Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga were Also Hit by the Cyclone

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The United Nations has released $2.5million to help thousands of people affected by Cyclone Harold in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said as much as 90 percent of the population in Sanma, the most affected province of Vanuatu, lost their homes. Schools and almost a quarter of health centers were damaged by the storm.

Cyclone Harold made landfall on Espiritu Santo on April 6 before hitting the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

Two people died on the island while a further 27 died in the Solomon Islands when a ferry they were traveling in was swept off by the storm.

The emergency fund will enable UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations to provide food, shelter, safe drinking water and healthcare to the affected people.