Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu March 14, 2015
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Cyclone Pam leaves thousands homeless on Vanuatu

Cyclone Pam has left thousands of people homeless on Vanuatu, with aid agencies comparing the strength of the winds to those of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated parts of the Philippines in November 2013.

Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale said the storm had destroyed most buildings in the capital Port Vila, including schools and clinics.

A state of emergency has been declared in the tiny state of 267,000 people, spread over 65 islands.

At least eight people are reported to have been killed. However, it is feared the toll will rise sharply as rescuers reach outlying islands.

Chris Buckler reports.

  • 15 Mar 2015
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