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Cyclone Pam: Emergency response

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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Oxfam's response

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. 

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene:providing clean water, rehabilitation of water sources, distributing hygiene kits and carrying out hygiene education activities.
  • Emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods: supporting immediate and medium- term livelihoods recovery in target communities.
  • Gender and protection: ensuring that community members, especially women, young people and people with disabilities, participate in and influence safe and equitable recovery programs.
  • Coordination: leading and coordinating the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team, representing

Response in numbers

  • 265,800 litres of clean water delivered to more that 3,400 people through water trucking activities on Efate Island.
  • 13,809 people accessing clean water through water system rehabilitation.
  • 20,928 people on Efate and Ambrym Islands receiving hygiene kits.
  • 200 people across ten communities - including four schools and a dispensary - provided with large-scale gravity-fed water supply system reconstruction.
  • 13,000 people attended hygiene awareness sessions. 

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.

Latest updates

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