Nov 4, 2015

Drought Compounds Hardship on Cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Vanuatu
by
Phil Mercer
,
VOA
FILE - Workers repair the roof of a holiday resort days after Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Image: Reuters
FILE - Workers repair the roof of a holiday resort days after Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Image: Reuters

The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is in the grip of a severe drought nine months after its islands were battered by a powerful cyclone. Cyclone Pam was one of the most powerful storms the people of Vanuatu had ever seen. The category five storm caused widespread damage to buildings, roads and electricity supplies...There was, though, significant damage to crops. Nine months later the South Pacific archipelago is facing another emergency - a severe drought triggered by the El Nino weather system.