Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Bruce Hill

Pacific Beat

Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

Join the team each morning and afternoon on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave, and through partner stations in the Pacific.

Stories

Huge demand for Cyclone Pam information on social media, says Humans of Vanuatu admin

Updated 15 March 2015, 10:03 AEDT

The administrator of the Humans of Vanuatu Facebook page, photographer Graham Crumb, says parts of the capital Port Vila are unrecognisable after Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu braces for Cyclone Pam

Updated 13 March 2015, 17:57 AEDT

In Port Vila where the population is desperately preparing for the onslaught of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Concern not enough places in cyclone shelters

Updated 13 March 2015, 18:05 AEDT

There are concerns there might not be enough emergency shelter in Port Vila as Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam draws near.

Vanuatu Red Cross working to minimise cyclone impact

Updated 13 March 2015, 18:09 AEDT

As Cyclone Pam approaches Vanuatu, emergency and disaster organisations have made their preparations.

Supply stockpile already on the ground in Vanuatu

Updated 13 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - UN OCHA - is closely monitoring the cyclone situation across the PacificBruce HillSpeaker: Sune Gudnitz, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs .

People slow to move to emergency shelters

Updated 13 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

Port Vila resident and photographer Ben Bohane went around the city earlier today and says he was surprised more people weren't in the emergency shelters.

Cyclone Pam could hit NZ east coast

Updated 13 March 2015, 18:01 AEDT

Once Cyclone Pam moves away from Vanuatu, meteorologists are predicting it could go as far south as New Zealand.

Tongan navy rescues fishing boat

Updated 13 March 2015, 18:02 AEDT

The Tongan navy has just rescued a fishing boat with four people on board.

Call to divert money from retrieving lost service personnel in the Pac

Updated 13 March 2015, 18:03 AEDT

There's been a controversial push for America to divert money away from retrieving lost service personnel in the Pacific.

Israeli desalination system could suit small islands

Updated 13 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

The Israeli company behind a portable desalination plant being donated to the Marshalls Islands says it could be a low cost solution to water shortages on Pacific island countries.

Solomon Islands residents shelter in caves in outlying Temotu islands

Updated 13 March 2015, 11:00 AEDT

The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office says they have received reports Cyclone Pam has caused damage to houses and food gardens in Temotu Province.

Cyclone Pam to affect possibly half Vanuatu's population

Updated 13 March 2015, 13:31 AEDT

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is closely monitoring the cyclone situation across the PacificThe head of OCHA's regional office for the Pacific, Sune Gudnitz, says more than 200,000 people will be affected in Vanuatu.

Humanitarian agencies in Vanuatu prepare for the worst

Updated 13 March 2015, 10:59 AEDT

Aid agencies in Vanuatu are preparing for the worst in the next few days from Cyclone Pam and the aftermath.

Residents of Port Vila bracing for Cyclone Pam's onslaught

Updated 13 March 2015, 10:58 AEDT

In Port Vila itself, residents are preparing themselves for the worst.

Tough task ahead for Fijiana in Atlanta round of Women's World 7s series

Updated 13 March 2015, 11:03 AEDT

The Women's World Rugby 7s series has rolled into the US city of Atlanta for round three this weekend, with Fijiana looking to step up after a disappointing performance last time out.

Pressure mounting on floundering Reds ahead of Super Rugby round 5

Updated 13 March 2015, 11:03 AEDT

It's round five in Super Rugby this weekend, and one of the highlights is likely to be the rematch between the Queensland Reds and the ACT Brumbies in Brisbane.

Vanuatu on yellow alert, bracing for category five Cyclone Pam

Updated 13 March 2015, 10:57 AEDT

Vanuatu's meteorological service is warning of torrential rain, flash flooding and landslides as Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam reaches Category Five.

Vanuatu bracing for Cyclone Pam

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:35 AEDT

Vanuatu is continuing to brace for the arrival of tropical cyclone Pam.

Police clear Port Vila market

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:34 AEDT

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Committee is warning residents not to wait untill the last minute to get prepared for the cyclone.

Call for animals to be cared for during cyclone

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:32 AEDT

As Cyclone Pam bears down on Vanuatu, people there are being reminded to include their animals in their emergency planning.

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