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Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu


Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone on the evening of 13 Mar 2015, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the capital. (OCHA, 15 Mar 2015) As of 19 Mar, the death toll issued by the NDMO has risen to 13 confirmed fatalities. While TC Pam affected most of the country, Shefa, Tafea and the eastern parts of Malampa and Penama are emerging as the worst impacted areas. Most of the affected provinces rely on ground water, much of which might be contaminated. The number of evacuation shelters is now at 39 on the main island of Efate, with 3,995 people currently sheltering. (OCHA, 19 Mar 2015)

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 22:00
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