A woman and children rest in a classroom of the primary school in Epau village. The local school became a shelter for many Epau residents. Most of them slept in the school on the night when Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu. Many villagers who lost their homes are still sleeping in the school. Cyclone Pam, a tropical storm that hit the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, is considered one of the worst natural disasters to affect the country. Over 15 people died in the storm and winds up to 165 mph (270 km/h) caused widespread damage to houses and infrastructure.