Cyclone Pam

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Through the generous support of Canadians, as well as corporate and government donations, over $224,000 was raised to support this operation.

The cyclone

On March 13, 2015, a category V storm hit the Vanuatu archipelago and other islands in the South Pacific. Described as the strongest storm to make landfall since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, Tropical Cyclone Pam did extensive damage to the island nations, affecting over 200,000 people across five countries and leaving over 20,000 houses damaged or destroyed. Urgent support was needed both for the immediate response but also for the longer-term recovery to help communities rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

Red Cross Response

The Red Cross was the first organization to begin relief distributions to some of the worst affected communities in Vanuatu. The Red Cross also worked with communities throughout the Pacific where thousands more were impacted in Kiribati, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

CRC Contribution

The Canadian Red Cross efforts focused on emergency relief and recovery, including the distribution of food, water, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, and other items. The Canadian Red Cross also deployed Canadian specialists in the areas of emergency communications and resilience and preparedness.

Donor Reports

Last updated

January 2019