More News on Cyclone Pam

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Flooding, destructive winds as category five storm bears down on Vanuatu

Updated 20 minutes ago

Speaking from a hotel shelter, program director for CARE Australia in Vanuatu, Inga Mepham, told the ABC’s World program that people have heeded warnings to take shelter.

“It’s a thundery noise coming through and obviously things are starting to fly around. We can feel things hitting us at different times,” she said on Friday.

“I think people would still be in disbelief tonight … certainly we are.”

In Fiji, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Pacific, Sune Gudnitz, said the storm was the “worst-case scenario”.

“The most vulnerable will certainly be the people who are living or residing closer to the coastline, which in a place like Vanuatu is a lot of people,” he said.

“Very few structures I think will be able to withstand a category five cyclone of the magnitude that we are seeing.

“So we are looking at potentially total destruction of many shelters, residences, especially in the islands south and outside of Port Vila.”

Vanuatu’s northern islands were the first to feel the destructive force of Pam, the strongest storm to hit the nation of 270,000 people in nearly 30 years.

Aid agencies said many people living in flimsy slum accommodation were particularly at risk, as well as those in remote outlying islands.

Authorities in Vanuatu issued red alerts for four provinces, advising thousands of residents to shelter in evacuation centres ahead of the storm.

UNICEF spokeswoman Alice Clements said the capital resembled a “ghost town” as people battened down.

“The winds have definitely increased, the palm trees are blowing around like crazy, you’re starting to get that kind of howling wind coming through,” the official with the UN children’s agency said.

Meteorologist Neville Koop, from Fiji’s Nadraki Weather Service, said Pam’s winds were capable of bringing down even well-built structures.

He said they could be more destructive than Cyclone Uma, which killed at least 30 people when it sank two ferries off Port Vila.

“Pam has winds which are much stronger than Vanuatu experienced (in 1987)”, he said.

Earlier destructions caused by Cyclone Pam in Kiribati’s capital Tarawa.
Causeway between Bateo and Kariki in Kiribati was badly damaged by Pam.

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7 thoughts on “More News on Cyclone Pam”

  1. I think most of the world is sending heartfelt good wishes to you all out there. Cyclone Pam must be engendering both disbelief and terror in everyone in its path. I hope it veers away from Brisbane, Joycelin.

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    1. We will only get some rain, Pam is heading towards New Zealand. Thank you Millie. I wanted to keep up with the news because I have tonnes of friends and family in Vanuatu and as you probably know many Australians live in Vanuatu. We cannot contact anyone yet. 😦

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