Minister Paradis Announces Emergency Relief for Communities in Vanuatu Ravaged By Cyclone Pam

Canada’s rapid response will ensure life-saving emergency relief is provided quickly

Ottawa, Ontario – (Yesterday), the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced additional humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the urgent needs of those affected by Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Friday, March 13 (local time).

“The destruction caused by this cyclone is devastating for the people of Vanuatu. Over half of the country’s population has been affected by this disaster, including as many as 60,000 children,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada’s response is helping meet urgent needs by providing relief items, clean water and shelter, and reconnecting families.”

Canada is closely monitoring the situation in Vanuatu as needs assessments are ongoing, and is prepared to respond further, as appropriate, to help address the needs of the affected population.

Canadian citizens in Vanuatu requiring emergency consular assistance should contact a consular official from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at +678 22777 or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted where available).

Friends and relatives in Canada who are concerned about Canadian citizens they believe to be in an affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 FREE (toll-free) or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted) or sending an email to

Quick Facts

  • Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, located northeast of Australia, as a Category 5 cyclone, with reported winds of up to 340 kilometres per hour.
  • The support announced today is in addition to Canada’s initial contribution, made on Saturday, March 14, toward the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help kick-start immediate response activities of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society, including the distribution of emergency relief items.

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Source: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada