Published on 14th March 2015
VSA CYCLONE PAM UPDATE: the cyclone is now in the far South of Vanuatu. Phone lines are down, but we have been in intermittent contact with Andrew, our Vanuatu Programme Manager, through satellite phone, and he has the following update about Luganville and Santo.
The cyclone has passed Luganville, and the air is still and muggy.
Andrew has driven around the town this morning and all our volunteers and staff in Luganville and Santo are safe. We have now confirmed the safety of 15 of our 23 staff and volunteers in Vanuatu, and are in touch with all their families in New Zealand. Andrew reports that there are many uprooted trees and he saw a couple of roofs blown off houses. Power is down for most volunteers, except for one in the centre of town. Town water supply is running on generator. People are leaving evacuation centres to check their homes for damage.
We also have heard from most volunteers in Port Vila, confirming they are safe. Communication with other provinces is difficult, as HF radio is also down.
We will keep you posted as we find out more.