Vanuatu: the impact of cyclones Judy and Kevin
Between 1–3 March 2023, a rare double cyclone event occurred involving two category 4 tropical cyclones, Judy and Kevin, hitting Vanuatu. The cyclone contained destructive force winds with an average speed of 150kph, with peak gusts reaching up to 220kph. Heavy rains, thunderstorms, and rough seas accompanied these winds. Early estimates by local government authorities indicate that the cyclones have affected approximately 250,000 people, equivalent to more than 80% of the population; National Disaster Management. The provinces most affected by the cyclones are Tafea and Shefa, where Port Vila, the capital and most populated city, is located. Other affected provices are Malampa, Penama, Sanma, and Torba.