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Vanuatu school appeals for books

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:40

A Vanuatu school devastated by Cyclone Pam appeals for replacemement textbooks. Paul Chapman reports.

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This is all that's left of the library at the main school in Vanuatu's capital after the devastation of Cyclone Pam. The category five storm ripped the roof off the building. Staff are laying what books survived to dry in the sunshine. The head says he's determined to re-open next week but his school and others are desperate for replacement books and equipment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PORT VILA CENTRAL SCHOOL HEADMASTER PAUL ALEXANDER HETYEY SAYING: "There are a lot of book warehouses out there, you know, in the Western world books are going out of fashion, you can't sell your second-hand books, you can't get rid of them. Well, we need good books, good encyclopedias, reference books, all subjects, reading books from kindy (kindergarten) right u to year 13 young adult books." In the same city, Port Vila, the main hospital was also badly damaged. Many of its wards have been left unusable after the storm's winds of more than 300 kilometres an hour. A tent field hospital's being set up though not yet operational, but officials are welcoming the influx of international manpower and supplies. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDICAL SUPERINTENDANT OF PORT VILA CENTRAL HOLIDAY, DR RICHARD LEONA, SAYING: "We have very tired staff, most of whom have broken homes so most of them don't turn up to work because they need to repair their homes, but also we're getting supplies of food and water and also medical supplies from other agencies." It's estimated almost half the country's population has been affected in some way by Cyclone Pam. Some 3, 300 are known to be homeless...that number's certain to rise as the impact on outlying islands becomes clearer.

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Vanuatu school appeals for books

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:40