Read the Cyclone Pam article on the BBC website.
- Provide students with a copy of the article and ask them to list the five effects of the cyclone in Vanuatu.
- An additional exercise would be to separate these effects as either primary or secondary.
- Students could also be asked to identify cause and responses.
The cyclone was a category five storm, with winds of up to 300 km/h. This struck Vanuatu early on Saturday.
- A state of emergency was declared
- People are homeless after their houses were destroyed. In the capital, Port Vila up to 90% of housing in had reportedly been seriously damaged.
- Buildings, including schools and clinics were destroyed
- The main hospital in the capital suffered severe damage
- At least eight people are reported to have been killed although this is expected to rise e.g. unconfirmed reports said 44 people had died in the north-east of Vanuatu
- Thousands of people had to spend a second night in shelters.
- Water isn't running clean from taps any more so there's a concern about contamination.
- Communications have been destroyed
- Power lines have been blown down
- Uprooted trees have blocked roads
- There was localised flooding
- Deliveries of aid have arrived on air force planes from New Zealand and Australia
- The UK, France, UN and European Union have also promised help
- A UN disaster assessment team is due to arrive in Vanuatu in the coming hours