ADB Provides $500,000 for Vanuatu Cyclone Relief

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (30 January 2024) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $500,000 grant to the Government of Vanuatu to help the recovery from Tropical Cyclone Lola which hit Vanuatu in October 2023.

“The ADB grant assistance will help support the Government of Vanuatu’s efforts to restore livelihoods,” said ADB Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office Regional Director Shane Rosenthal. “We extend our deepest condolences to Vanuatu for the loss of life, damage, and upheaval caused by the destructive winds, floods, and landslides from the cyclone and we stand ready to assist the Government of Vanuatu to recover and rebuild.”

Cyclone Lola was the third severe tropical cyclone to impact Vanuatu during 2023, after Cyclones Judy and Kevin impacted the island nation during March 2023. The cyclone caused at least two deaths and left at least four injured.

The ADB funding comes from ADB’s Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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