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Cyclone Pam, a massive category 5 cyclone, caused widespread destruction across the eastern and south-eastern islands of the small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
More than 180,000 people were affected across 22 islands.
Oxfam's response to Cyclone Pam reached more than 24,000 people in more than 60 communities on four islands - Efate, Emae, Epi and Ambrym - since Tropical Cyclone Pam struck on 13 March 2015.
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Water tanks from Oxfam are loaded onto the Rainbow Warrior at Port-Vila, Vanuatu for distribution on Epi Island.
Photo: Groovy Banana
The response to Tropical Cyclone Pam began immediately after the storm left Vanuatu's borders. In the 12 months since the event, more than 50 organisations, both local and international, have worked together under the lead of the Vanuatu Government to ensure relief efforts are coordinated and aid is getting to those who need it most. Humanitarian activities have now moved from the response phase into the recovery phase, and Oxfam's programming for the next period will reflect this, as well as the predicted impacts of El Niño on weather patterns.
Oxfam will continue to support communities to get through El Niño and recover following Tropical Cyclone Pam in 2016 by expanding its geographic scope to include Buninga Island, Tongariki Island, Tongoa Island, North Epi, additional vulnerable communities in Efate, and potentially other islands in the region.
Oxfam's country director in Vanuatu was there when Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific island nation. He describes the 'special something' he's seen in the country in the months following the disaster.
Oxfam's CEO Mark Goldring on the effects of Cyclone Pam and what the world can do.
Oxfam Communications Coordinator Amy Christian is in Vanuatu, she shares her first impressions of the devastation and the response.
Up to 90 per cent of housing in Vanuatu's capital is reported to have been seriously damaged by Cyclone Pam, with still no information from the extremely vulnerable outer islands which are home to 33,000 people.
After a last minute change of course to the west Cyclone Pam made a direct hit on Vanuatu last night, tearing through the archipelago with winds of up to 250kmh.
With more than 250,000 people at risk from the severe tropical cyclone there... Read more
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