Cyclone Pam is the most powerful cyclone to ever hit the Southern Pacific. It formed near the Solomon Islands on the 6 March 2015 and traversed through several other island nations, including Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
On 13 March 2015, it strengthened to a Category 5 storm over the y-shaped chain of islands which make up Vanuatu. Vanuatu took multiple direct hits over the islands of Efate (where the capital Port Vila is situated), Erromango and Tanna Island. 270km/h winds were sustained near Efate and the Shepherd Islands. The storm also brought with it heavy rains and a couple of reported storm surges.
Shefa, Malampa and Tafea were the most heavily affected provinces with widespread reports of damage to housing and agriculture.