Supporting cyclone recovery and reconstruction in Vanuatu


Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu in March 2015, affecting four of Vanuatu's six provinces. The World Bank's Post Disaster Needs Assessment, endorsed by the Vanuatu Government, estimated total damage and loss from Tropical Cyclone Pam at around $600 million, or 64 per cent of GDP. Recovery costs were assessed at $426 million.

Shortly after Tropical Cyclone Pam, the Vanuatu Government released its recovery plan, Strengthening ni-Vanuatu Resilience – National Recovery and Economic Strengthening Program Plan (Recovery Plan).  Australia has committed $35 million over four  years (2015 to 2019) in long-term recovery support, bringing Australia's total estimated cyclone assistance to $50 million.

Our recovery program supports the Vanuatu Government's Recovery Plan and complements our broader aid program, focusing on:

  • supporting livelihoods, economic recovery and the private sector
  • repairing and rebuilding critical infrastructure for public administration
  • restoring health and education facilities, and
  • supporting resilience and gender and disability inclusion.

Australia is best-placed to support recovery in these areas, as they largely build on the strengths of our existing programs and relationships. To maximise their impact, our activities will focus on Shefa and Tafea provinces, where almost 90 per cent of damage and loss occurred.

The key outcomes of Australia's contribution to the Cyclone Pam response are outlined in this factsheet and the below infographic.

Name of document Year published Type
Australian support to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam – Fact Sheet 2015 Factsheet
Vanuatu – Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, Tropical Cyclone Pam, March 2015 (published August 2015) 2015 Disaster needs assessment
Strengthening ni-Vanuatu Resilience – National Recovery and Economic Strengthening Program Plan 2015 Strategy
Tropical Cyclone Pam Recovery Program Evaluation 2018 Evaluation

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Infographic—Australia's response to Tropic Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu as a category five storm between 12 and14 March 2015, causing 11 deaths and severely damaging housing, health centres, schools and other critical infrastructure.  The cyclone affected the livelihoods of around 195,000 people and harmed Vanuatu's key industries of tourism and agriculture.  Australia provided $10 million of immediate emergency support and $5 million of early recovery assistance.  In addition Australia has made a $35 million commitment to a long-term recovery package over the next three years (2015-2018). This infographic summarises key outcomes of Australia's contribution to the Cyclone Pam response.



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Last Updated: 11 December 2018