Cyclone Pam made a direct hit on Vanuatu over the weekend of March 14, 2015, unleashing torrential rain, storm surges and winds up to 330km/h.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and supporters from across the globe, Oxfam’s response to Cyclone Pam has reached more than 21,000 people in the first three months with safe water, hygiene kits and training, tools, seeds and cash-for-work vouchers. Throughout the response, we have worked to ensure the needs of women and people with disabilities are met. To find out more, read our three month progress report here.
Many areas were absolutely devastated, with entire villages destroyed and people’s livelihoods wiped out.
Oxfam teams are working hard to help people build back from one of the worst cyclones ever seen in the Pacific. With so many food gardens and income sources destroyed, there is still much to be done. With your support, Oxfam teams on the ground can make sure people get the help they need to feed their families and rebuild their sources of income.
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One month after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, water remains a high priority, with small islands dependent on rainwater most in need, Oxfam said today. The international aid agency has been trucking clean water to thousands of people to prevent the spread of disease, but efforts are now turning to sustainable solutions that can be managed by communities.
As aid begins to reach communities across Vanuatu, Oxfam New Zealand have spoken to their development partner Farm Support Association (FSA) to understand the longer term impact Cyclone Pam will have on a society which lives mostly off farming. We heard that the cyclone has come at a very bad time; farmers who had planted vegetables would have lost all their crops.
Aid is beginning to reach the hard hit southern Vanuatu islands of Tanna and Erromango, which both took the full force of the 250kmh Cyclone Pam, after rapid assessments of the islands showed absolute devastation with entire villages destroyed.