Cyclone Pam Ravaged Vanuatu; Here’s How You Can Help

by Owen James Burke

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Waves tattered the capital city of Port Vila on March 14th. Photo: Reuters/Unicef Pacific

Category 5 Cyclone Pam storm made landfall on the South Pacific island-nation of Vanuatu with winds gusting up to 200 mph on Monday. The worst storm in South Pacific history, according to the UN, thrashed through the capital city of Port Vila and left thousands displaced from their homes, while some 60,000 children remain in need of humanitarian assistance.

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A resident cleans debris from his in Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu. Photo: Unicef

There are many more left homeless, and 90% of the buildings and homes in the capital city of Port Vila have been damaged or destroyed, says President Baldwin Lonsdale.

Visit UNICEF, World VisionThe Red Cross or Oxfam America to find out how you can help and/or donate. NYC Medics is a group that mobilizes medics in such global crises as this, and are currently accepting donations through their Global Relief Fund, here.  — OJB

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