Today I announce that Australia will provide urgent humanitarian support to Tuvalu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The cyclone caused severe damage to houses, health centres and other critical infrastructure, and communities are experiencing electricity and water shortages.

Australia has already released pre-positioned water and medical supplies, and Australian humanitarian experts are on the ground supporting logistics and water and sanitation needs.

This $1 million in funding will allow more relief supplies and personnel to be made available following an assessment of urgent needs.

Australia will also support longer-term recovery and reconstruction efforts, in consultation with the Government of Tuvalu.

I conveyed Australia’s sympathy and support for Tuvalu to Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga during a telephone conversation today. Prime Minister Sopoago expressed his thanks to the Australian people for our timely response to the disaster.

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