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Cyclone Pam: Royal Glamorgan doctor returns to Vanuatu to help

Dr Les Ala on a beach in Vanuatu Image copyright Les Ala
Image caption Dr Les Ala left his homeland Vanuatu for Wales in 2001

A consultant from a Rhondda Cynon Taf hospital is to fly out to his homeland Vanuatu to help support doctors in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.

Dr Les Ala from Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant will fly out on Wednesday and is expected to stay for three weeks.

He is appealing for donations to help buy equipment and supplies.

Cyclone Pam tore through the South Pacific archipelago killing 17 people and displacing thousands.

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Image caption Residents salvage belongings from damaged homes
Image copyright CARE Australia/Tom Perry
Image caption Flooding is also part of the destruction wreaked on the low-lying islands
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Image caption Many residents who survived the storm have little left
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Image caption Aid is being sent from several nations

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