Rescue and relief effort begins in cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Authorities and relief workers in Vanuatu are assessing the damage caused by one of the region’s worst weather disasters. The true extent of the destruction from Cyclone Pam is not yet known.

International disaster relief agencies sending teams to Vanuatu, a tiny Pacific island nation of 267,000 people, following the category five storm cyclone Pam, which hit overnight on Friday. At its peak, Pam covered the entire country on satellite maps, with winds of more than 300 kilometers (185 miles) an hour.
Meteorologists have said Pam was one of the worst storms of its kind in the area on record.

The storm’s powerful winds, heavy rain and flooding devastated Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, destroying houses and roads, and uprooting trees. But not much is known so far about how some of Vanuatu’s other islands have fared. There are fears outlying islands were hit especially hard.
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