Project HOPE is assessing the situation in Vanuatu after it was struck by a category five storm packing winds of up to 190 miles per hour. The capital, Port Vila, took a direct hit from the storm, dumping torrential rain on the archipelago nation northeast of Australia. Emergency aid workers say many homes were destroyed and the streets were littered with uprooted trees and toppled power lines. There are also reports of casualties. Vanuatu’s President has made an emotional appeal for emergency aid, saying entire villages have been destroyed. Cyclone Pam is the strongest storm to make landfall since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. Cyclone Pam has also triggered storm warnings in the Solomon Islands and New Zealand.
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