The general consensus around the world now is that Cyclone Pam left a huge amount of devastation and destruction. While the people are picking up the pieces and rebuilding their lives, the vegetation is also picking up where Pam left off.

The worst hit areas of Vanuatu are now more brown than green. Photos taken one week after Pam left show the despairingly dull landscapes and the scorching heat from the sun mercilessly consuming the barren landscape. It is a landscapers worst nightmare.

A blown down gliricidia tree sprouting young shoots three weeks after TC Pam.
A blown down gliricidia tree sprouting young shoots three weeks after TC Pam.

It was with a sense of relief therefore when there was rain on Saturday and Sunday (March 28 and 29, respectively) – moderate showers to water the brown vegetation back into life. While it provided a break for those who were busy with rebuilding their homes, it poured much needed blessing into the vegetation.

The road to recovery is long and uncertain, but as witnessed over the weekend, Vanuatu will not be left without the help it deserves from mother nature. Spaced rainfall and nightly dew will help the vegetation grow back to a sense of what it used to be like.

Although there is still considerably more brown than green in the bushes, the green is growing back. And with that comes the promise of agriculture, and our sustenance.