Cyclone Pam: dramatic drone footage shows extent of damage in Vanuatu

Aerial drone footage has captured the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Pam in the island nation of Vanuatu.

Drone footage captured by NBC News shows the scale of devastation on Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam. (NBC)

Drone footage captured by NBC News shows the scale of devastation on Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam.

Aerial drone footage has captured the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Pam in the island nation of Vanuatu.

In footage captured by US network NBC News, entire roofs are shown to be ripped off, leaving several buildings entirely exposed. Trees and other debris are scattered across the island nation. 

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Another video, captured by ABC News cameraman Brant Cumming, shows similar scenes of devastation. The footage also shows local children and families playing in the fields. 


Aid has started to reach some of cyclone-hit Vanuatu's worst affected islands on Wednesday but others remain isolated, with flights over the Pacific nation revealing villagers spelling out the letter H in a desperate plea for help. 

Relief agencies are battling tough conditions and logistical challenges in the sprawling archipelago, with a lack of landing strips or deep water ports hampering their efforts to reach distant islands and get a better grip on the full scale of the disaster.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman said "it'll be at least a week or two" before the situation becomes clearer.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has revised down from 24 to 11 the number of fatalities but it says the toll is expected to rise.

In the capital Port Vila, access to water and electricity is rapidly being restored, and stores have also begun reopening as people begin the task of rebuilding their homes.




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Published 18 March 2015 at 5:37pm
Source: SBS