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Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 6 (as of 20 March 2015)

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Around 166,000 people, more than half of Vanuatu’s population, have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam on 22 islands.

  • Food stocks and water reserves are being exhausted and will not last more than a couple of weeks across the affected islands.

  • The Government-led joint Initial Rapid Needs Assessments concluded on 20 March.

  • Access to affected communities is still hindered in Emae Island and in the eastern part of Pentecote Island.

  • An estimated 50-90 per cent of local dwellings have been damaged by gale-force winds.

  • Fuel stocks are running low across the affected islands in Vanuatu while electricity is mostly unavailable and generators are essential.

  • Around 65,000 people are in need of temporary emergency shelter.

  • Schools postponed classes for two weeks with a start date of 30 March. There is an immediate need for temporary safe learning spaces for 50,000 to 70,000 children.

16 Confirmed fatalities

166,000 People affected on 22 islands

3,995 People in 39 evacuation centres

65,000 People in need of temporary shelter

11,800 Households targeted for food distributions

500 Schools estimated to be damaged

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