Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam strikes in Vanuatu

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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In pictures

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Latest news

Cyclone Pam 1 month on: clean water still high priority

April 13, 2015

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.

Oxfam calls for support as Vanuatu farmers face months without crops

March 20, 2015

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.

Oxfam speaks to the Prime Minister of Tuvalu as food shortages loom in Vanuatu and Tuvalu

March 18, 2015

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.

Latest blogs

Cyclone Pam: three months on

June 18, 2015

Oxfam's emergency response to Cyclone Pam, three months on.

Urgency of action paramount

May 20, 2015

In the wake of Cyclone Pam, ambitious climate change action is vital in 2015

Cyclones show time to connect dots on climate change

May 13, 2015

Cyclones show it's ime to connect dots on climate change writes Rachael Le Mesurier, Oxfam New Zealand's Executive Director in this opinion article published in the NZ Herald.

Latest stories

March 24, 2015

Oxfam has now been able to speak to Hillary Garea, a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) Officer for the Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centre Association (VRDTCA), Oxfam’s long term WASH partner in Vanuatu.

March 23, 2015

Oxfam distributed hygiene kits last week at Lycee Bouganville school in Port Vila which is acting as a temporary evacuation centre. Oxfam's Amy Christian spoke to some of the families sheltering at the school about their experiences when Cyclone Pam hit, and their plans and worries for the future.

March 19, 2015

Interview with Oliver Iato, Senior Extension Officer, Farm Support Association