World Vision is working to contact a couple dozen employees whom the Federal Way-based nonprofit has been unable to reach since a storm hit the Pacific islands of Vanuatu on Saturday.
Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, devastated the region and has made phone lines unreliable, World Vision said.
Spokesman Johnny Cruz said Monday that the organization had been able to contact 54 of the 81 permanent staff members there. They don’t have reports that anyone was injured, but want to reach the remaining employees as soon as possible to make sure they’re OK, he said.
The majority of World Vision’s international staff members are from the regions where they work, Cruz said.
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World Vision said in a statement that it found many homes completely destroyed when it delivered supplies Tuesday to Tanna Island, southeast of the capital, Port Vila.
The United Nations reported that 24 people were confirmed dead. That number is expected to rise as workers make their way to other islands, World Vision said.