This operation expired on 31 December 2015.
On 13 March 2015, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall on the islands of Vanuatu with sustained wind speeds of around 250 km/h. Initial estimates of humanitarian impact have indicated large devastation over a wide geographic scale and severe crop damage. The country’s logistics infrastructure and communications network sustained severe damage, rendering access to the affected population a significant challenge. On 21 March, the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu officially declared a state of emergency, covering all affected provinces, including the capital, Port Vila, which was close to the eye of the cyclone.