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Government of Australia offers $35 million in extra assistance for Vanuatu's recovery from Cyclone Pam
24 May 2015 - The Australian Government has committed an extra $35 million of aid to help with the cyclone recovery effort in Vanuatu. Infrastructure in the country was badly damaged by Cyclone Pam when it crossed the country's islands in March. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement the latest funding was a long-term recovery package, developed in consultation with Vanuatu's government. (more)

From volcanoes to snorkeling, a snapshot of Vanuatu
15 March 2015 - A volcanic island chain that forms a Y-shape, Vanuatu is located about a quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii. It's made up of more than 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited. Almost all of Vanuatu's 267,000 residents are indigenous Melanesians known as Ni-Vanuatu. Following is a snapshot of the South Pacific archipelago nation of Vanuatu, from volcanoes to snorkeling: (more)

Vanuatu: Traditional knowledge feeds into resilience plans
25 June 2014 - From investigating where turtle eggs are buried to how many mangoes are growing in a season, scientists on the southwest Pacific Island of Vanuatu are evaluating the accuracy of traditional means of forecasting weather, with the aim of incorporating the most effective ideas into planning to help island communities better prepare for the impacts of climate change and more severe natural disasters. (more)

Vanuatu tops happy planet index
14 July 2006 - The nation of Vanuatu, which is part of the Pacific archipelago, is rated number one on the Happy Planet Index, 'which measures quality of life against environmental impact.' (more)

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Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths (with Associated Press video)
15 March 2015 - Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands. Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu early Saturday, packing winds of 270 kilometers (168 miles) per hour, and leaving a trail of destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths. (more)


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