In-pictures: Tropical Cyclone Pam

An estimated 100,000 people across five Pacific Nations countries have been affected by the impacts of Cyclone Pam. The category-5 tropical storm struck Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, on Friday 13 March 2015 causing widespread devastation.

Damage across the country was extensive. The Government estimates that 166,000 people across 22 islands have been affected. This represents more than half of Vanuatu’s population. Hanna Butler/New Zealand Red Cross


Immediately after the cyclone, volunteers of the Vanuatu Red Cross undertook needs assessments in coordination with the government. This included registering beneficiaries prior to distributing relief materials. Hanna Butler/New Zealand Red Cross


The Red Cross was the first organisation to begin distributing relief items after Cyclone Pam made landfall. Relief supplies are now being mobilized to the outer islands. Hanna Butler/New Zealand Red Cross


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an international appeal for 5.7 million Swiss francs to assist 81,000 people across five Pacific Nations - Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Hanna Butler/New Zealand Red Cross


Emergency relief and shelter are the priorities as thousands of families have been displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed. The government estimates that between 50 and 90 per cent of houses have been damaged leaving 65,000 people in need of emergency shelter. Hanna Butler/New Zealand Red Cross


The Vanuatu Red Cross Society is leading the response with support from IFRC and National Societies from the region who have deployed technical specialists and relief goods. These include the Australian Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross, French Red Cross, Tonga Red Cross and Fiji Red Cross. Hanna Butler/New Zealand Red Cross

The Red Cross will continue to meet emergency needs such as the provision of relief items, clean water and shelter material. Longer term assistance will also be given to aid the recovery of affected communities, including help to rebuild safer homes and support to re-establish and diversify  livelihoods. Hanna Butler/New Zealand Red Cross