Breaking news across most publications Saturday is a powerful cyclone that skirted some islands before hitting the archipelago of Vanuatu with its full force.
Cyclone Pam was expected to skirt the islands of Vanuatu but instead hit them full on and caused devastation. The country's president made an emotional appeal for help and aid agencies are responding.
The archipelago covers around 83 islands with a population of 267,000 spread over 65 of them. The capital Port Vila has a population of around 47,000 people.
Early reports are that eight people were killed when Cyclone Pam struck but that figure is expected to increase. "Unconfirmed reports said that 44 people had died in Penama province in the north-east of Vanuatu, the UN's Office for the Co-ordination for Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA) said earlier in a statement."
There are people wandering around trying to pick up the pieces of their lives following this cyclone which is being described as one of the worst weather disasters to hit the region.
Some properties are still standing but others have been flattened. It will take time for search and rescue teams to access all of the inhabited islands.
Cyclone Pam is expected to continue on its path, diminishing in strength all the time, and hit New Zealand next.
Australia, the nearest large country neighbouring Vanuatu, has already offered crisis assistance help to the president and his people. According to the Daily Telegraph "There are destructive winds, rain, flooding, landslides, sea surges and very rough seas and the storm is exceedingly destructive there," said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. "We stand ready to support Vanuatu in this time of need"
Aid agencies Save the Children, UNICEF and other agencies are already gearing up to help.
Appeals for donations are already appearing online. Take care to donate to genuine and accredited appeals as in times of crisis scammers often join in. Pacific Scoop appeal