Pacific disasters and Australia

March 20, 2015 1:19 PM

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Vanuatu is no stranger to cyclones. Two or three normally blow through its waters during the hot, wet months between November and April. That's why Vanuatu has consistently been ranked No. 1 on the World Risk Index, which calculates how vulnerable countries are to natural disasters.

Much has been done to prepare Vanuatu for big storms but it wasn't ready for the fury of Cyclone Pam. The category five system, with wind gusts of more than 300km/h, tore its way through the archipelago on Saturday causing extraordinary damage. About 70 per cent of the population may have been displ...

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