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Cyclone Pam: UNICEF flash alert #3

TANNA EYEWITNESS:  UNICEF’s Alice Clements is available for interviews on her firsthand experience of delivering aid on Tanna – one of the hardest-hit islands in Vanuatu – where many homes have been flattened, crops are damaged, water is contaminated and health centres are badly affected.

New photos from Tanna are available for download (please credit UNICEF): http://uni.cf/1Eh6Z8J


  • Aerial assessments of Tafea, Shefa and Malampa provinces in Vanuatu have revealed more details about the impact of the cyclone. 
  • The results indicate that approximately 70 to 80 per cent of villages have been destroyed in Erromango.  
  • Villages in Paeema are up to 90 per cent destroyed, while Ambrym appears to be less damaged.  
  • In Tongoa, Tongariki and Buninga most houses are damaged and have lost their roofs.  Fallen trees are blocking roads and school buildings are damaged.  
  • Coastal flooding is visible in Emae, Makira, Maraso and Nguna.  
  • On Epi island, many houses are destroyed or damaged.  Landslides occurred in many areas and about 90 per cent of the eastern part of the island is destroyed.  
  • One of UNICEF’s primary concerns is securing safe drinking water and sanitation for those affected by the cyclone
  • On Tanna, UNICEF has delivered thousands of water purification tablets and water containers, as part of its ongoing aid efforts 
  • The majority of schools in Efate island and Tafea, Torba and Penama provinces have suffered damage to infrastructure, facilities and resources.
  • Schools are not expected to re-open until 30 March. 


  • More than 170,000 people are estimated to have been affected by Cyclone Pam – including 82,000 children.
  • UNICEF is providing vital aid– including safe drinking water, sanitation, vaccinations and education supplies.
  • UNICEF estimates it needs US$ 3 million for its emergency response.

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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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