CARE on alert as Cyclone Pam moves closer to Vanuatu

By CARE Australia March 11, 2015 2 comments

A map from the Vanuatu Meteorological Services showing the forecast path of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

CARE is on high alert in Vanuatu as Tropical Cyclone Pam tracks towards the capital of Port Vila, with strong winds already being felt across the nation’s northern islands.

Tropical Cyclone Pam is currently a Category Four system and is expected to make landfall near Port Vila on Friday morning, local time.

Projections show that Tropical Cyclone Pam may strengthen to a Category Five cyclone, which could see extremely damaging wind gusts of more than 280 kilometres per hour, heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

CARE is closely monitoring the situation alongside local authorities and is pre-positioning relief supplies for distribution to potentially affected communities.

CARE Australia will provide updates as they become available.

CARE has worked in Vanuatu since 2008, focussing on building resilience to disasters and climate change shocks, and increasing women and girls’ involvement in community leadership.

CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. www.care.org.au.

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For more information, images or to arrange interviews with staff in Vanuatu, please contact CARE Australia

2 Comments Leave new

Troy Murphy Mar 14 2015 at 08:03

I would like to volunteer myself for imediate help to assist in any help required to travel to Vanuatu and offer assistance where required as I lived on the southern island of Tanna for over a year so I have a lot of local knowledge of the areas effected and also in Port Vila and speak Bislama and am ready and available for immediate departure to help assistance in any way shape of form please contact me ASAP ON 0476447209 I am only to happy to help as required !!

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Heather Murphy Mar 19 2015 at 01:03

Hi Troy,

Thanks very much for your offer to help in Vanuatu. CARE Australia has deployed a number of highly skilled staff who are trained in emergency response work and we aren’t recruiting any additional staff or volunteers at this time.

If you would like to support our emergency response in Vanuatu by making a donation, please visit www.care.org.au/pam.

Thanks again,

The CARE Team

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