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Tropical Cyclone Pam

Tropical Cyclone Pam 2015


Jacob Tallah, coffee chairman of Nasi Tuan sits outside the rubble of his home on Tanna Island after Cyclone Pam (Photo by Helen Manson - Tearfund)

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone on the evening of 13 March 2015, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the capital. At the end of March, the storm had affected around 166,000 people on 22 islands who are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 15,000 homes have been reported to be destroyed or damaged throughout the provinces of Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea, and 75,000 are in need of emergency shelter.

A number of New Zealand NGOs are responding in Vanuatu - here are brief details of their appeals.

Visit their websites for more information on how you can support their ongoing work.

ADRA - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to support the response to Tropical Cyclone Pam by providing local communities in need with safety, food parcesls, and access to water.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to support the response to Tropical Cyclone Pam by providing local communities in need with safety, food, and access to water. - See more at:

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand - Caritas staff members Mark Mitchell is working with the Diocesan Disaster Committee (DDC) to help coordinate humanitarian relief efforts. More than 1500 Caritas tarpaulins have arrived and are being distributed to provide shelter for those displaced. 

cbm - cbm has launched a general appeal to support disaster affected communities, particularly those people with disabilities and their families.

ChildFund - ChildFund are raising funds to rebuild school water tanks and santiation facilities as well as provide water purification tablets and hygiene and health messages to affected communities.

CWS - CWS is working to provide: food, water, sanitation, hygiene kits, non-food items and water tanks, solar power, seeds, farm tools, medical care, health education, literacy and further disaster preparedness measures as well as rebuilding schools and health clinics. The programme will assist people on the Shepherd Islands, Tanna, Erromango, Pentecost, Ambae, Santo, Sanma, Penama, Efate, Epi, Paama, Sola.

Habitat for Humanity - Habitat for Humanity is sending staff to Vanuatu to assess the situation. Based on funding availability, the longer-term response will follow Habitat’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.

Oxfam - In the emergency phase, Oxfam are providing affected communities with clean water, hygiene kits and shelter material. In the longer term, Oxfam will have support communities to restore their livelihoods. 

Rotary - Rotary NZ World Community Service (RNZWCS) now has 1,000 Emergency Response Kits either in Vanuatu or en route. 600 left on HMNZS Canterbury. Rotary are raising money to replace the stock sent to Vanuatu and planning to provide safe drinking water for 75 communities. In addition, Rotary are planning to reestablish home vegetable gardens for the most vulable families.

Save the Children - Save the Children are raising funds to distribute equipment to provide clean water to communities, emergency shelter kits for home repairs, hygiene equipment to keep communities clean, safe and healthy essential household items including blankets and mattresses.

TEAR Fund - TEAR Fund is responding on the main Island of Efate, and on the Island of Tanna and are partnership with other local agencies to provide emergency assistance. TEAR Fund will focus on providing agricultural support, seeds and tools to feed families and help get the local economy up and running again. 

UNICEF - UNICEF aims to provide children and their families access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, life savings health interventions, and education and protection.

World Animal Protection - World Animal Protection teams are working to ensure that farmers' livestock and families and their pets are taken care of by providing life-saving veterinary treatment, urgent medical supplies and emergency feed.

World Vision - World Vision has 80 staff working in six provinces across Vanuatu. World Vision is providing water, food, blankets, tarpaulins, and shelter, hygiene, kitchen and baby kits to affected families. They also plan to provide livelihood recovery, school rehabilitation and rebuilding disaster resilience structures.

For the latest situation reports on Vanuatu, visit Reliefweb

Aftermath - Cyclone Pam

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