Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 4, 16 March 2015



  • Category 5 Cyclone Pam has caused widespread, severe damage and loss of life through the country, particularly in the Central and Southern regions, which experienced a direct hit.

  • First Situational Report Received from Tanna confirming 5 fatalities and widespread distraction.

  • Aerial assessments carried out on 16 March.

  • First emerging aerial images confirm total or near-total distraction of homes, buildings and and crops on the Shepherd Islands.

  • Access to affected population is extremely limited due to closed airports in provinces and to broken bridges on Efate.

  • Teams of Medical, Urban Search and Rescue and Humanitarian experts arrive from Australia and New Zealand.

  • Confirmed Number of fatalities from TafeaShefa provinces 11.

  • State of Emergency has been declared for Shefa Province. This is likely to be extended to Tafea and other Provinces as information comes in.

  • First Flights with relief supplies arrive from Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

  • Eight fatalities have been confirmed from Efate to date.

  • Twenty Eight (28) evacuation centres have been opened on Efate with 2865 evacuees to date.