Bonn/Singapore 03/19/2015 – Volunteer teams to provide airport logistics support in Port Vila to manage incoming aid for the cyclone-hit country
Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world´s leading logistics provider, has deployed the first Disaster Response Team (DRT) to support relief efforts in Vanuatu devastated by Cyclone Pam on 14 March. The cyclone has left tens of thousands of people homeless, without food, water and medicine. DHL’s DRT is currently based at Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital, to provide airport logistics support to manage incoming international aid and expedite the distribution to those in need. A second DRT team will be deployed on 27 March.
Christof Ehrhart, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “With Vanuatu comprising many islands spread over a vast area, the scale of the devastation wreaked by the cyclone has yet to be fully assessed. However, there is a critical need to provide basic necessities to the thousands who have lost their homes and crops. Speed is of essence in complex emergencies such as this and the DHL Disaster Response Teams comprise highly trained volunteers who can make a real difference here in helping the people of Vanuatu cope with this disaster.”
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