Vanuatu was struck by Cyclone Pam, an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone, on the evening of March 13th 2015 at around 11p.m. local time. It affected an estimated 166,000 people on 22 islands, creating important needs of clean drinking water, emergency shelters, and food. In the aftermath of this natural disaster, a REACH team was deployed to support the Global Shelter Cluster responseData collection has focused on three main areas:

  • At the pre-emergency level, REACH team recorded shelter and settlements situation prior to Cyclone Pam.
  • In the immediate post-crisis, REACH conducted a review of emergency shelter interventions as well as gap analysis.
  • Thereafter, REACH established a monitoring framework for shelter actors to measure the impact of their medium to long term recovery strategy.

Preliminary data collected by REACH was meant to be used for the shelter section of the World Bank Post Disaster Needs Assessment, as well as for the Government of Vanuatu-led Multi Cluster Needs Assessment. The full report is available here. Key findings from household level data collection have also been presented in a series of factsheets.

Following the completion of shelter activities outlined in the Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) on 31st July, REACH was redeployed to Vanuatu in August 2015 to conduct a detailed evaluation of the shelter response. The detailed evaluation report is available here.





Distance to Cyclone Path and PopulationMarch 2015

Distance to Path and Poverty Concentration, March 2015


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