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30-03-2015 | Latest News , Asia & Pacific

New videos from the aftermath of Cyclone Pam


Video 1:

Interview of Inoke (Nokz) Taufa

Date: March 28th 2015

Credit: IFRC/ Finnish Red Cross/ Nina Svahn 

Inoke (Nokz) Taufa is the Disaster Management Officer for Tonga Red Cross. He is supporting the Vanuatu Red Cross response to Cyclone Pam as a member of the Regional Disaster Response Team for the Pacific.


Video 2:

Location: Pele island, Vanuatu

Village/community: Piliura

Date: March 26th 2015

Credit: Finnish Red Cross/ IFRC/ Nina Svahn 

The Piliura Village chief received a call from the Vanuatu authorities on Friday 13 March 2015 warning that a Category 5 cyclone was going to hit Vanuatu that evening. That was the last call received before communication channels went down in Piliura.

Monique Takaua and other members of the village immediately began preparing. They gathered water and food supplies, brought boats onto shore and covered windows with iron sheeting.

Five houses out of 23 households have been damaged or destroyed in Piliura Village.

Initially surviving from the food they had stored before the cyclone hit and sharing what others had stockpiled in the village, the community has now received food aid and seeds for replanting from the Vanuatu government.

Several people in the village rely on tourists visiting their island as a source of income. They offer snorkelling, village tours and kayaking. They are hopeful that the tourism industry will not be heavily impacted by the cyclone and tourists will return to Vanuatu soon.

B-roll shotlist

  • Volunteers unloading relief aid items from boat onto the beach, Piliura community, Pele island, Vanuatu.
  • Frido Hendrikx (with red west), Field assesment and coordination team (FACT) Team Leader, IFRC, talking with Sagaitu Josaia, Regional Disaster Response Team member from Fiji Red Cross.
  • Solar panels in Piliura community, Pele island, Vanuatu.
  • Relief aid items on the ground.
  • Deputy chief of the Piliura community with a Red Cross volunteer.
  • Deputy chief of the Piliura community carries a tarpaulin.
  • Deputy chief of the Piliura community walks to the community house totally destroyed by tropical cyclone Pam.
  • Villager Monique Takaua enters her garden.
  • Villager Monique Takaua looks at her garden destroyed by tropical cyclone Pam.
  • Pieces of tin roof on the ground.
  • Laundry drying in the wind.
  • Sand bags on the roof.
  • House protected by sand bags on the roof.
  • House partly damaged by tropical cyclone Pam.
  • External view Piliura community on Pele island.


Monique Takaua, villager, Piliura community, Pele island, Vanuatu

“We stored our water, our food and we looked that our homes are safe, like we filled the sacks like you can see on the roof we have sacks of sand, sand beach. We tie our houses with ropes and other things that we can make our homes safe.”

“Now we have to regrow our crops back to feed our families. We have to work our garden to plant  our crops back into the garden so in three months time we can feed them with our local varieties again.”

Frido Hendrikx, Field assesment and coordination team (FACT) Team Leader, IFRC 

“What we are seeing now in the first assessments is that the biggest needs are water, food and shelter. And soon after that we can see things on household items that are needed. Hygiene is an issue that might come up, and of course food for the longer terms of food security part. A lot of the crops have been destroyed. We can see that the food stocks people still have are running out and soon they will need to be planting. So we need to make sure that seed and seedlings go out as well and insure that for the longer people have security in the food supply.”

“So far the Red Cross is reaching close to 10-15 islands, where we have almost covered 10’000 people. Where we basically brought them supplies to rebuild their shelters at least temporarily, provided them with the first hygiene and household items. Furthermore because of the water need, there is a big need for the jerry cans, so we are also distributing jerry cans to these people and for the rest we are seeing where else we can help them. It is mainly the shelter and water we are focusing in this very moment.”

“The Vanuatu Red Cross which has been here for a very long time, and of course is de facto local organisation, will be here with the people to help them sustaining their longer term needs which will be both: around hardware so helping them to rebuild their houses, making sure that the water supply isn’t again intact, that the food security there. But also on the software, there is big role to play for the Red Cross to help in prevention which is the early warning system that people are aware that cyclones can happen again, that they are warned that the cyclone are actually coming but also in other terms in more the hygiene promotional side, the health education things. What people can do themselves and how the Vanuatu Red Cross can help them in preparing better for the next disaster that might happen again.”


Video 3:


Location: Ifira island, Vanuatu

Village/ community: Ifira

Date: March 28th 2015

Credit: IFRC/ Finnish Red Cross/ Nina Svahn

Footage from Ifira island, a 15 min boat ride from Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, where 36 homes were severely damaged during Cyclone Pam. Red Cross has distributed tarpaulins to all the affected households. The robust tarpaulins are 6 x 4 metres in diameter and are designed to provide a temporary shelter solution in the short term to give families time to rebuild.


Leisale Mangawai, 62, from Ifira island said her house was sound structure but was damaged when a tree fell on the roof during the cyclone. She has seven family members living in her house and the tarpaulin will provide them with temporary shelter to give them time to rebuild.


  • Red Cross volunteer carries tarpaulin and rope on Ifira island, Vanuatu.
  • House (Leisale Mangawai’s home, soundbite included) without a roof, large tree fallen on the ground.
  • Man ties a rope around the tree.
  • Man uses chainsaw to cut the tree.
  • Man fixes the roof.
  • House interior with damaged household items.
  • Men pulling the fallen tree down.
  • Red Cross volunteer sets the ladder against the house.
  • Red Cross volunteers spread the tarpaulin.
  • Up on the roof men pulling the tarpaulin up.


Leisale Mangawai, Ifira island, Vanuatu


1) Since the cyclone came the house was in a strong condition but when the wind blew the branch of the mango (tree) fell into the roof. I can hear the house was moving and the cover was blown off.


2) I just need only tarpaulin, and also the cover, but thank you for our families helping us and the start to repair our building.


3) This is the  first help come from Red Cross and also the food came from the Shefa, Shefa province. It depends on our families who have jobs to replace back all our belongings.

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