16 Mar 2015

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu and NZ

7:05 pm on 16 March 2015

Review today's live coverage from the Radio New Zealand newsroom as Cyclone Pam hit the north and east of the North Island and the aid effort to Vanuatu began.

Key points

  • More than 100 people left their homes in evacuations near Gisborne, with the region taking the brunt of the storm in New Zealand.
  • A state of local emergency has been declared for the Chatham Islands.
  • Two more NZDF Hercules left today for Vanuatu laden with emergency supplies
  • The government in Vanuatu hoped to get aircraft in the air this afternoon to survey damage, with aid agencies saying conditions are among the most challenging they have ever faced.