UN offers support to Pacific island nations hit by Tropical Cyclone Harold

The UN stands ready to support four Pacific island nations devastated by the passing of Tropical Cyclone Harold last week. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said he’s deeply saddened by reports of the loss of lives and destruction in Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Tonga, according to a statement issued on Sunday by his Spokesperson.

“The Secretary-General expresses his deep solidarity with the people of the Pacific as they face the impact of this cyclone, along with other climate-related challenges, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, which adds a worrying new dimension to existing vulnerabilities”, said Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

Mr. Guterres commended the governments and first responders in the affected countries for their pre-emptive work to make people safe ahead of the storm and to meet their immediate needs afterwards.

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