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