March 16, 2015 12:09 pm
Updated: March 16, 2015 4:11 pm

9 photos of the devastation in Vanuatu by Tropical Cyclone Pam

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WATCH: Towns in Vanuatu woke up Monday to face devastation, and it seems likely the death toll of 24 will rise as aid workers make their way into outlying islands. Laura Aguirre reports.

TORONTO — The small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is struggling to pick up the pieces after powerful Tropical Cyclone Pam slammed into the country on Friday.

The cyclone produced winds of up to 300 km/h tearing down homes, knocking down power lines and trees.

Uwen Garae surveys his damaged house in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015.

AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool

Samuel, only his first name given, carries a ball through the ruins of their family home as his father, Phillip, at back, picks through the debris in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015.

AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool

“This is a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. I term it as a monster, a monster,” Vanuatu’s president Baldwin Lonsdale told the Associated Press. “It’s a setback for the government and for the people of Vanuatu. After all the development that has taken place, all this development has been wiped out.”

Adrian Banga surveys his destroyed house in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Monday, March 16, 2015.

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Adrian Banga surveys his destroyed house on March 16, 2015 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

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Lonsdale also confirmed that six people had been killed and another 30 were injured as a result of the cyclone.

This aerial photo taken on March 16, 2015 above the suburbs of Port Vila shows uprooted tress after Super Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu on March 13, packing wind gusts of up to 320 km/h.

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This aerial photo taken on March 16, 2015 above the suburbs of Port Vila shows damages inflicted to buildings in Vanuatu after Super Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through on March 13, 2015.

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Aid from Australia, France and Fiji has begun slowly arriving to the embattled country.

Damage to houses in Port Vila, Vanuatu is seen from the air in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015.

(AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool

A house is severely damaged in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila on March 16, 2015 after category five Cyclone Pam on March 13 left infrastructure damaged and the island strewn with debris.

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