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Diana Paul, 32, standing in front a temporary shelter for people who's homes have been destroyed by Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam has caused mass devastation of the tiny island nation of Vanuatu. Diana Paul, 32, was evacuated from her home on Friday 20th March, the morning before the cyclone. When she and her husband returned the next day, their house was no longer there. You'd think the worst would be over, but violent attacks on women in the shelters mean that she is still fearing for her safety. Diana shares her story.​

The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, in the City of Tacloban in 2013

Tens of thousands of people have evacuated their homes as Typhoon Hagupit, locally know as Typhoon Ruby, approaches the Philippines.

Building back better - locals rebuild their cyclone shelter  in fishing village Nolia Nua Gaon

Cyclone Phailin devastated the Odisha coast in October 2013. ActionAid India Area Manager Debabrat Patra reports on how local fishing communities have started to rebuild their lives a year on after the tragedy.

Conchita and her daughter outside the wreckage of their home on Bantanyan Island

A few days ago I stood under a warm sun on a tropical beach with fine coral sand. This was Bantanyan Island in the Philippines. That beach should have been fringed with palm trees, but Typhoon Haiyan ripped fronds from the trees and brought many of the trunks crashing down, damaging homes and boats.

Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines

Today an ActionAid team leaves for Manila in the Philippines to set up an 18-month Typhoon Haiyan community-based recovery and rebuilding initiative.