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Port Vila

(pôr vēlä`) or

Vila,

town (2009 pop. 45,694), capital and largest town of the Pacific island nation of VanuatuVanuatu
, officially Republic of Vanuatu, independent republic (2015 est. pop. 265,000), c.5,700 sq mi (14,760 sq km), South Pacific, E of Australia. Vanuatu is a 450-mi (724-km) chain of 80 islands, of which the most important are Espíritu Santo (the largest), Efate,
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. On the SW coast of EfateEfate
, Fr. Vaté , volcanic island, c.300 sq mi (780 sq km), South Pacific, most important island of Vanuatu and seat of Port Vila, the capital and administrative center. Efate produces copra, coffee, and sandalwood. Havannah Harbour was developed during World War II.
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 island, it is a deep-sea port built around a natural harbor at Pontoon Bay. The commercial center of Vanatu, Port Vila has agricultural and fishing industries and is a tourist hub with hotels, resorts, and other facilities. There also is an offshore financial industry. Settled by the French in the 19th cent. and later controlled by the British, it was an American base during World War II.
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Two C130 aircraft carrying vehicles, engineers and emergency supplies could be seen preparing to depart from Port Vila airport for outer islands on Wednesday.
"The family I usually stay with in Port Vila prepared well putting sandbags on the roof and strapping it down, but people were passing by saying it was not going to be that bad.
In Port Vila the clean-up was progressing after trees were uprooted and homes flattened but there were worries about food scarcity and health after the main local food market was destroyed and the city's hospital severely damaged.
Australia, which along |with New Zealand and France is providing rescue and relief help, offered transport from Sydney to Port Vila, his staff said.
Maggie Crawford, 50, originally from Blackburn, West Lothian, who runs a scuba-diving shop in Port Vila, said: "I've been here 20 years and we've had a few cyclones, but nothing like this.
People walk past debris scattered on a street in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam
Chloe Morrison, a World Vision emergency communications officer in Port Vila, said officials from Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office confirmed to her agency that at least eight people in and around the capital, Port Vila, had died during the cyclone.
Yachts damaged in Port Vila, Vanuatu, yesterday in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
The heavily populated island of Efate, which includes the Vanuatu capital Port Vila, was directly in the path of the deadly cyclone.
Aid agencies hope to begin to fly in relief goods on Sunday when the airport in Port Vila is expected to open.
Tasmanian yacht Alipe has smashed the race record for the 1885 nautical mile ocean race across the South Pacific from Melbourne to Vanuatu, reaching Port Vila in just under six days.
It was 136 kilometers from the capital Port Vila. The quake came just over half an hour after a shallow 5.9-magnitude tremor struck 94 kilometers from Lakatoro.