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Vanuatu hit by ‘monster’ storm

Issue No. 2445

Cyclone Pam devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu last week.

The death toll was yet to be confirmed as Socialist Worker went to press. Aid agencies believe 100,000 people were made homeless in a population of just 267,000. Poverty and poor housing and infrastructure made the disaster worse.

Vanuatu’s president, Baldwin Lonsdale, blamed climate change for the “monster” storm.

Rising sea levels, caused in part by climate change, have already forced villages in Vanuatu to relocate away from the advancing coast.


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Tue 17 Mar 2015, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2445
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