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