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Half of Vanuatu's population affected by Cyclone Pam – UN

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:49 AM

Food stocks and water reserves are being exhausted and will not last more than a couple of weeks across the affected islands

DEVASTATION. Villagers clean up their destroyed homes on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 19 March 2015. File photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Cardinal Tagle to Filipinos: Help storm-hit Vanuatu

Mar 20, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The Philippine government however has not widely publicized any donation to the poor South Pacific island nation devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam

CALL FOR HELP. Local residents walk on a road on the island of Tanna in the storm-hit island nation of Vanuatu, on March 17, 2015. Photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Villagers hungry as cyclone destroys Vanuatu crops

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Agriculture Minister David Tosul: In short our agricultural experts estimate that Vanuatu s people will run out of food in less than one week from today and our government must start distributions immediately

GETTING AID. Aid on-board an Australian RAAF C-17 Globemaster in transit to Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Vanuatu slams lack of aid coordination, says food running out

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Vanuatu s government hits out at aid groups swarming into the cyclone ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination which it says cost precious time getting help to those in need

Aid on-board an Australian RAAF C-17 Globemaster in transit to Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Aid starts flowing to cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:33 AM

Many of the archipelago s 80 islands remains cut off; an aid official says flights over some islands saw people signaling for help with large white Hs and mirrors

GRIEF. People grieve as they transport the body of 20 year-old Eddy Willy on the loading bay of a pickup truck to his burial in the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Vanuatu reminder: Why world should take bold action on disasters

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:01 PM

President Lonsdale’s words are a wake up call for the international community the current status quo in disaster risk reduction efforts is failing the world’s most vulnerable nations and communities

AFTERMATH. Adrian Banga surveys his destroyed house in Port Villa, capital of Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Photo by Dave Hunt Australia and New Zealand Out/EPA

Fears of food shortages in Vanuatu as huge damage revealed

Mar 17, 2015 - 2:50 PM

With 24 people so far confirmed dead the scale of the disaster becomes clearer

A photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 17 March 2015 shows two boys standing outside a destroyed house in Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. UNICEF Pacific/Handout/EPA

Relief, hardship as Cyclone Pam survivors battle on

Mar 17, 2015 - 11:50 AM

With communications down to many of the other islands aid agencies said the full scale of the latest disaster in Vanuatu is not yet known

PICKING UP THE PIECES. Residents clean up their homes in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila on March 17, 2015 after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. Jeremy Piper/AFP

Vanuatu picks up pieces after cyclone batters island nation

Mar 17, 2015 - 7:52 AM

Residents of the capital Port Vila slowly begin picking up the pieces amidst apocalyptic scenes

PICKING UP THE PIECES. Samuel kicks a ball as his father Phillip searches through the ruins in what remained of their family home in Port Villa, capital of Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

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Mar 16, 2015 - 7:18 PM

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Help us rebuild, Vanuatu president urges world

Mar 16, 2015 - 3:49 PM

An emotional President Baldwin Lonsdale says the need is immediate after Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through the country

This handout photo taken and received on March 14, 2015 by UNICEF Pacific shows residents looking through storm damage caused by Cyclone Pam, in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Image courtesy UNICEF Pacific

FAST FACTS: Vanuatu: land of poverty and beauty

Mar 16, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The south Pacific nation of Vanuatu is an archipelago of more than 80 islands known for their tropical beauty active volcanos and rural poverty

A fisherman paddles his outrigger canoe across Erakor Lagoon near Port Vila on August 2, 2010. Torsten Blackwood/AFP

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu conditions 'more difficult' than Haiyan

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:24 AM

UPDATED Workers on the ground said there is no way to distribute desperately needed supplies across the archipelago s 80 islands warning it would take days to reach remote villages flattened by the monster storm

A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 15 March 2015 shows residents removing debris from their homes after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu island, South Pacific region, 15 March 2015. Graham Crumb/UNICEF Pacific/Handout/EPA

As Vanuatu suffers, more urgency needed on climate – World Bank

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Policymakers at a UN disaster meeting in Japan do not seem to understand the pressing need to tackle climate change the World Bank warns

DISASTER CONFERENCE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) delivers a speech during a luncheon hosted by Japanese Prime Minister at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, 14 March 2015. Franck Robichon/Pool/EPA

Aid effort stepped up after monster Vanuatu cyclone

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The official death toll in the capital Port Vila stood at 6 on Sunday although aid workers said this was likely just a fraction of the fatalities nationwide

DEVASTATION. This handout photo taken on March 14, 2015 and released to AFP on March 15 by Australian Red Cross shows people clearing up debris and dealing with the damage to their homes in Seaside, near the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Photo by  Chris McCowage/Australian Red Cross/AFP

Tuvalu among other Pacific nations also battered by Cyclone Pam

Mar 15, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Other Pacific nations including the Solomon Islands and Kiribati have also been battered although not as badly as Vanuatu

STORM SURGE. A handout image provided by the Red Cross Australia on 13 March 2015 shows the situation in Tuvalu ahead of Cyclone Pam, 13 March 2015. Melanie Uhila/Red Cross Australia/Handout/EPA

Cyclone Pam: Villages 'blown away' in Vanuatu

Mar 15, 2015 - 12:51 AM

UPDATED Oxfam: This is likely to be one of the worst disasters ever seen in the Pacific the scale of humanitarian need will be enormous entire communities have been blown away

BLOWN FROM THE WATER. A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 14 March 2015 of people looking at a severely damaged boats and yachts in a harbor on Vanuatu island, South Pacific region, 14 March 2015. Graham Crumb/UNICEF Pacific/EPA

Dozens feared dead in Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Though the full extent of the damage is unknown UN officials say damage is worse than what was expected

DAMAGED. This handout photo taken and received on March 14, 2015 by UNICEF Pacific shows storm damage to boats caused by Cyclone Pam, in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. The huge tropical cyclone smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific, terrifying residents and leaving "complete devastation" with fears on March 14 that dozens of people may have died.

Cyclone Pam may be 'one of the worst in Pacific history': UNICEF

Mar 14, 2015 - 12:16 PM

UNICEF says it s clear that the full force of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is dramatically worse than predicted

Devastating storm pounds Pacific Island of Vanuatu

Mar 14, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Cyclone Pam is believed to have caused widespread destruction and dozens of people may have died

CYCLONE. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. Photo from the NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Flooding in Vanuatu as cyclone hits maximum strength

Mar 13, 2015 - 9:37 AM

The Vanuatu Disaster Management Office issues red alerts for 4 provinces in the poor Pacific nation of 270 000 people advising residents to shelter in evacuation centers

The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 at 23:00 UTC. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team