Cyclone Pam by Sam W-J and Frankie
On Saturday 14th March a devastating natural disaster took place. The disaster was in the form of a cyclone that laid waste to the Vanuatu islands. The Pacific Islands' President, Baldwin Lonsdale, said that “The monster storm was a major setback in the nation’s development.”
Aid agencies have scrambled to fly in supplies into Port Vila, where power and water supplies have been knocked out. The idea of a storm may seem fairly tame to some but the cyclone gained strength in the Pacific where wind speeds got up to a ridiculous 300kph.
Eye witness and aid worker Chloe Morrison who was in Port Vila said “Trees were crashing into the house; It was very, very frightening." It has been confirmed that most concrete houses are still standing but wooden houses with corrugated iron roofs were almost completely demolished.
Sadly people with major injuries our unable to get to hospital due to bridges being destroyed due to weak reinforcements. But communications have been lost in the more remote islands so we are unaware of the degree of damage that has been done. This is a serious issue as aiding these remote areas will be rather difficult.
The winds are not the only threat as the cyclone has caused floods causing many families to flee their homes and others just trying to cope with the conditions that most would deem inhabitable.
The Ukraine by Sam and Ben
Thirty Five British soldiers will spend two months training forces to engage in battle using non-lethal weaponry. They are also supply aid such as sleeping bags and night vision goggles to provide assistance. The British plan to send more training instructors and the United states are also planning to send a battalion train to train. Three Ukrainian battalions. They are only able to do this because of a ceasefire which happened on the 15th February. Although tensions are high the British and Americans are sure that this is a good way to help and will not just start another war