A Shelterbox report - South Pacific Disaster - Vanuatu
"Cyclone Pam has struck the south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, one of the world's poorest nations, with devastating consequences. The cyclone brought winds in excess of 270km/h (170mph) causing widespread damage.  Initial reports claim 9 in 10 homes are severely damaged and many of the islands 260,000 residents are now homeless. Many of the country's services, including schools, hospitals and power are in disarray and thousands are seeking shelter in temporary evacuation centers. There are also grave concerns for the more remote communities.

ShelterBox has mobilized a response team that is heading to Vanuatu from Australia and New Zealand. ShelterBox is sending 1,000 shelter kits from prepositioned stock located nearby to help repair damaged buildings. ShelterBox operational manager Alf Evans said: "Our initial response will see the 1,000 shelter kits deployed from Subang and distributed with established partners."