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18 Mar 2015 description
report Direct Relief

Cyclone Pam, which barreled across the central and southern islands of Vanuatu this week, caused widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure and cut communication between the capital, Port Vila, and the outer islands.

18 Mar 2015 description

Vanuatu

Jens Laerke, for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), informed that the humanitarian response had begun in Vanuatu in spite of logistical challenges because of the country’s layout composed by more than eighty islands. The communication infrastructure was in poor condition, causing difficulties in the humanitarian coordination. However, the Government was clearly in charge of the response and President Baldwin Lonsdale had asked for international assistance.

17 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Public services being restored in capital city of Port Vila

  • In addition to previously observed damage in Efate and Tanna, aerial overviews show widespread damage in Tafea, Malampa (Paama Island, Ambryn Island) and Penama, Shefa (Erromango Island, Emae Island, EPI Island)

  • At least 34 schools are in use as evacuation centres

  • 3,370 people are in evacuation centres (NDMO) but registration confirmation is still awaited

  • 11 confirmed fatalities

17 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

17 March 2015 – With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific over the weekend, leaders from the region made a joint call today from a United Nations conference on disaster resilience for scaled-up storm recovery efforts, as well as durable partnerships that would help their countries strengthen capacities to deal with such extreme weather events.

17 Mar 2015 description

JOINT PRESS RELEASE - CROP Agencies unify to support Pacific countries recover and rebuild after Cyclone PAM.

“The Pacific family stands together to face the tragic recent effects of the tropical cyclones in the Pacific. We are not only linked by our grief and prayers for the dead, injured and homeless but also in our resolve to work together to support our brothers and sisters in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands and New Caledonia.

17 Mar 2015 description
report Humanity Road

Highlights

The following is Humanity Road Social Media 3W report covering who is deploying what where. This is compiled via social media reports of agencies deploying to Vanuatu with resources. The aid response currently being discussed in social media channels is enormous and we continue to aggregate information. If you are not yet listed you can assist us by adding your organization’s response by completing the following form

17 Mar 2015 description

16 March 2015

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) continues to support disaster response efforts to help the people of Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam.

Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III aircraft have transported an ADF Reconnaissance Team to Port Villa along with personnel from the Department of Foreign Affairs and non-government organisations under Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015.

16 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· A state of emergency is in place for Shefa Province, Vanuatu, and is likely to be extended to Tanna, Tafea, Malampa and Penama Provinces as previously inaccessible and incommunicado areas are reached and assessed.

· Communications connectivity is still very limited but plans underway for emergency services and repairs

· At least 34 schools are in use as evacuation centres

· 3,296 people are in evacuation centres (NDMO) but registration confirmation needed (OCHA)

16 Mar 2015 description

With the extent of the impacts of tropical cyclone Pam on Pacific Island nations not yet known – and indeed still unfolding – the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is on standby to provide technical assistance to the affected countries.

Stark reminder of vulnerability of Pacific Islands as world meets in Japan to decide on new global framework for disaster risk reduction

16 Mar 2015 description

A state of emergency has been declared in Vanuatu after Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, one of the most devastating cyclones to ever hit the Pacific, reached category five early on Friday morning.

A state of emergency has been declared in Vanuatu after Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, one of the most devastating cyclones to ever hit the Pacific, reached category five early on Friday morning.

16 Mar 2015 description
Executive Summary

UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.

16 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 15 March 2015 – With Tropical Cyclone Pam ripping through Vanuatu from late Friday night (13 March) into the early hours of Saturday morning, UNICEF Pacific reminds that 45% of the population is children and they are particularly vulnerable in any emergency.

16 Mar 2015 description

International aid agencies are deploying emergency response teams to support relief efforts on the ground already assisting nations devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam in the Pacific.

Read more on the OCHA website.

15 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

Date: 15 March 2015

Vanuatu: At least 60,000 children could be at risk across the country

Hundreds of children also affected in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Kiribati: 45% of population of Tuvalu affected.

Immediate needs estimated at USD 3 million for maternal and child health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, protection and communication.

Highlights Vanuatu Situation in Numbers

14 Mar 2015 description

Murray McCully14 MARCH, 2015

The New Zealand government has announced an initial contribution of $1 million to assist Pacific nations hit by Cyclone Pam, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says.

“Funding includes $200,000 to respond to specific requests for assistance in Vanuatu, Fiji, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands, and $400,000 for NGOs in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands to replenish relief supplies.

“Commencing from tomorrow we will make a further assessment on how we can best assist our Pacific neighbours, as they assess their own needs over the coming days.”