'Disaster' in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
The first international aid arrived in Vanuatu on Sunday after Cyclone Pam tore across the Pacific archipelago, killing at least six and leaving widespread destruction.
With winds of more than 185 mph, Cyclone Pam razed homes, smashed boats and washed away roads and bridges as it struck late on Friday and into Saturday. Aid workers described the situation as catastrophic.
“The situation is a disaster,” Jacqueline De Gaillande, the CEO of Vanuatu Red Cross, told NBC News. “Most people have lost their homes. All the roofs have gone. People are outside trying to find their belongings on the ground. Lots of trees have fallen on the houses. It’s really a big disaster.”
De Gaillande told NBC News that six deaths have been confirmed.