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RAF plane arrives in Vanuatu after devastating cyclone

An RAF plane has arrived in Vanuatu with vital supplies after the country was devastated by a tropical cyclone in the South Pacific.

Cyclone Pam ripped through the archipelago of islands last weekend, with winds of up to 155 mph and heavy rainfall destroying 90% of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila.

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Aerial photographs show scale of Cyclone Pam destruction

A picture of Port Vila after the cyclone last weekend Credit: DigitalGlobe

Aerial photos of the capital of Vanuatu struck by Cyclone Pam show the shocking scale of devastation.

Pictures taken of Port Vila in Vanuatu after the storms that lashed the South Pacific island nation were taken by satellite photographers DigitalGlobe as part of its Tomnod campaign to assist recovery efforts by mapping storm damage from above.

Picture of Port Vila in 2013 shows the scale of the devastation that hit the capital Credit: DigitalGlobe

With 70 per cent of the region's population displaced, the Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal for $3.8 million to help the survivors of the cyclone.

Oxfam Australia estimates that 90 per cent of the housing in Port Vila has been destroyed.

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