Vanuatu: Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 1 (as of 15 March 2015)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 15 Mar 2015


  • Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, hitting the capital of Port Vila, as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone on the evening of 13 March.

  • Winds are estimated to have reached 250kmph with gusts peaking at around 320kmph, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the capital.

  • Shefa Province has been declared a state of emergency, with other areas to be determined following aerial assessments.

  • There are six confirmed fatalities.

  • In Efate, an estimated 90 per cent of structures are either damaged or destroyed.

  • More than 2,000 people are sheltering in over 25 evacuation centres in Efate, Torba and Penama.

  • All commercial flights in and out of Port Vila are currently grounded, with only military flights landing.

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