Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu president Baldwin Lonsdale breaks down while describing devastation
The president of Vanuatu has made an emotional plea for humanitarian assistance following the widespread devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam at the weekend.
Speaking from the Japanese city of Sendai, Baldwin Lonsdale broke down while describing the tragedy in his homeland.
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Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale Blames Global Warming for Devastation from Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale, whose country was devastated by Cyclone Pam this week, warns that climate change is contributing to more extreme weather conditions.
Speaking at a United Nations conference in Sendai, Japan, on Monday, Lonsdale said that 90 percent of buildings in the country’s capital city, Port Vila, had been damaged or destroyed by the Category 5 storm, which delivered winds up to 150 mph.
“It’s a setback for the government and for the people of Vanuatu,” he said. “After all the development that has taken place, all this development has been wiped out.”
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Vanuatu: Leader Baldwin Lonsdale says fresh start needed after ‘monster’ cyclone
THE Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must “start anew” after the devastation of Cyclone Pam, according to the country’s president, who blamed climate change for the disaster.
The cyclone damaged 90% of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila. Eight people were known to have been killed but the death toll is expected to be much higher once links to the outlying islands are restored.
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Vanuatu/Cyclone Pam/conversation with Mr Baldwin Lonsdale
The French President spoke to Baldwin Lonsdale, President of Vanuatu, this morning. He expressed to him France’s wholehearted solidarity in view of the disastrous consequences of Cyclone Pam and extended to him his condolences for the bereaved. He commended the courage with which Vanuatu’s people and government are coping with the disaster.
The Head of State assured President Lonsdale of France’s full support in this ordeal. He said that the assistance provided on Sunday would be increased in the next few days in order to respond to the urgency of the situation, assess needs and enable the country’s reconstruction.
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Cyclone Pam: 24 confirmed dead as Vanuatu president blames climate change
Baldwin Lonsdale describes category five cyclone Pam as ‘a monster that has hit Vanuatu’, while authorities warn that the death toll could rise further
At least 24 people died when cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu at the weekend, authorities have confirmed. The storm flattened buildings, wrecked infrastructure and has left more than 3,000 people in the South Pacific island nation displaced.
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Vanuatu Cyclone Pam: President appeals for ‘immediate’ help
Vanuatu is in «immediate» need after Cyclone Pam tore through the country at the weekend, its president says.
President Baldwin Lonsdale said the storm had «wiped out» all development of recent years and his country would have to rebuild «everything».
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Baldwin Lonsdale, Vanuatu president, says nation must start anew after cyclone
Vanuatu’s president said Monday that the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago over the weekend was a “monster” that destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew.
Looking weary and red-eyed, Baldwin Lonsdale said in an interview with The Associated Press that the latest information he had was that six people were confirmed dead and 30 injured from Cyclone Pam. Lonsdale was interviewed in Sendai, in northeastern Japan, where he had been attending a U.N. disaster conference when the cyclone struck.
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