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Cyclone Pam: UNICEF flash alert

NEW YORK, 16 March, 2015 – New video available for download including b-roll and interviews with survivors on Vanuatu (please credit UNICEF).

New photos available for download (please credit UNICEF).


  • Nearly 3,300 people have been forced to find shelter in evacuation centres in Vanuatu – with around 60,000 children in urgent need of assistance. 
  • 34 schools are being used as emergency shelters
  • UNICEF is stepping up deliveries of life-saving aid to children - providing clean water, sanitation and health supplies, as well as keeping children safe from harm.
  • Volunteers worked through the night at UNICEF’s warehouse in Fiji, to help prepare additional supplies for children in Vanuatu amid fears of outbreaks of waterborne disease.    
  • Many communities still do not have access to safe drinking water.
  • Health facilities have been severely damaged – including the National Hospital in Port Vila
  • The full extent and scope of damage beyond Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila is still not clear – as roads and bridges are damaged and many islands are accessible only by air
  • UNICEF is also providing emergency supplies for communities in Tuvalu and Kiribati, who have also been affected by the Category 5 Storm.

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For further information, please contact:
Rose Foley, UNICEF New York, rfoley@unicef.org +1 9173402582
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, nmekki@unicef.org, +1917 209 1804
Alice Clements, UNICEF Vanuatu, aclements@unicef.org, Tel: +678 546 7132 (Please be mindful of time difference)




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