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04 March 2023

Tropical Cyclone Kevin in Vanuatu

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Location of Event:Vanuatu
Date of Charter Activation:2023-03-03
Time of Charter Activation:13:46
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:UNITAR on behalf of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) | Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Activation ID:808
Project Management:Samir Belabbes

The nation of Vanuatu which is spread across13 principal islands in the south-western Pacific, has been under a state of emergency as category 4 Cyclone Kevin brought gale-force winds and torrential rain to the Pacific nation battling its second major cyclone in a week after Cyclone Judy battered Port Vila on Wednesday 01 March, cutting power and forcing some residents to evacuate.

Hundreds of people remained in emergency evacuation centres in the capital Port Vila as Kevin brought destructive winds and heavy rainfall.

No casualties were reported but a number of properties have been flattened and many homes and businesses reported power outages.

Cyclone Kevin passed over the capital Port Vila late on Friday 03 March and was moving across the southern island province of Tafea on Saturday morning, bringing wind gusts in excess of 230km/h, according to the country's meteorology department.

Disaster response agencies are braced for further damage from Cyclone Kevin and are braced for a long recovery ahead.

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Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2023), Distribution Airbus DS.
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Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: WorldView-2: 11/07/2022
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Category: Delineation Map

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Report produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

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