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Damage Assessments, Humanitarian Aid Begin After Cyclone Pam Hits Vanuatu

The Atlantic: A Cyclone Destroys a Nation
“Torrential rains and winds up to 185 miles per hour lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, downing power lines and flattening buildings throughout the country. The official death toll of the storm, called Tropical Cyclone Pam, is eight, but the final figure is likely to be considerably higher…” (Schiavenza, 3/15).

CNN: Aid workers scramble to help Cyclone Pam victims in Vanuatu
“…Aid workers described scenes of extensive devastation in the capital, Port Vila, and expressed fears of even more destruction farther afield. Thousands were in need of shelter, food and water, the Red Cross said Sunday…” (Mullen/Almasy, 3/16).

The Guardian: Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu’s president blames climate change for extreme weather
“The president of Vanuatu says climate change is contributing to more extreme weather conditions and cyclone seasons, after cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation…” (Farrell, 3/16).

Inter Press Service: Cyclone Pam Prompts Action for Vanuatu at Sendai Conference
“Cyclone Pam has not only caused unprecedented damages to the Pacific island of Vanuatu but also lent urgency to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plea that disaster risk reduction is in ‘everybody’s interest’…” (Baruah/Katsuhiro, 3/16).

IRIN: Vanuatu reeling from impact of cyclone Pam
“The closure of the main airport in Vanuatu is hampering the humanitarian response to cyclone Pam, which tore through the Pacific island archipelago yesterday, causing colossal damage…” (3/14).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. relief agencies ramp up support to cyclone-hit Vanuatu as country’s President appeals for assistance
“Amid reports that powerful Cyclone Pam has impacted at least half the population of Vanuatu, the country’s president, attending a United Nations conference under way in Japan aiming to reduce disaster risk, appealed for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs…” (3/15).

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