Tuvalu. In mid-March, Tuvalu was hit by tropical cyclone
Pam. Several of the low atolls that make up the country were
flooded by high waves, one of them altogether, forcing the
entire population to leave the island. According to
COUNTRYAAH, disaster status was
announced. Both agriculture and infrastructure were damaged
and drinking water was polluted on several of the islands.
According to Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, 45% of the
population had their homes destroyed. Later that month,
elections were held to Parliament, which has 15 members. The
election had been postponed due to the natural disaster that
hit the country. Only independent members are allowed to
stand because no party system exists. Several of the
candidates, including Prime Minister Sopoaga, lacked
opponents. Consequently, Sopoaga was allowed to remain as
head of government.
In August, eight female medical students graduated from
the University of Medical Sciences in Cuba. After completing
studies, the doctors would return to their home country.
In September, the World Bank announced that it had
allocated Tuvalu $ 3 million to be used for reconstruction
after the tropical cyclone in March.