World Vision has begun preparing relief items to distribute to families affected by Cyclone Pam in Solomon Islands.
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PORT VILA, 25 MARCH 2015 - A shipment of much-needed medical supplies arrived in Vanuatu on Monday. The supplies were donated by the Government of Solomon Islands. The supplies were transported from Honiara by the Australian military and include enough medication to provide basic primary health care to 100 000 people for three months. Packed in easy-to-transport kits, these supplies will be quickly distributed by plane or boat to the health facilities most in need.
New York / Vanuatu, 24 mars 2015 – L’UNICEF n’a reçu que 15% des fonds nécessaires pour fournir une aide d’urgence aux milliers d’enfants et familles affectés par le passage du cyclone Pam au Vanuatu et dans d’autres îles du Pacifique. L’organisation alerte sur le manque important de financement alors même qu’elle annonce un nouvel appel humanitaire de 4,8 millions de dollars (4,3 millions d’euros), inclus dans l’appel global des Nations unies lancé aujourd’hui, d’un montant de 29,9 millions de dollars.
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
UN Interagency Flash Appeal launched on 24th March in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a total amount of US$29.9.
About 166,000 people, including 82,000 children on 22 islands in Vanuatu are estimated to have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Around 75,000 people are in need of shelter; 110,000 people are without access to clean drinking water.
Food assistance has been dispatched and has now reached approximately 120,000 people.
Distribution of shelter kits for approximately 15,000 people is ongoing in the rural areas of Efate Island and has commenced on the Shepherd Islands.
This International Appeal seeks a total of CHF 5,741,776 to enable the IFRC to support the coordinated response on a preliminary basis of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) to deliver emergency assistance and longer-term support to some 81,000 people (13,400 households) following Tropical Cyclone Pam (and other storms) for a period of 24 months.
SUVA, 21 March 2015 – Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency UNICEF is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
On 13 March, Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to agriculture (crops, fisheries, livestock and forestry) in Vanuatu’s six provinces, posing an immediate and long-term threat to food security. Tafea is the worst affected province, followed by Shefa, Penama, Malampa, Torba and Sanma.
Around 80 percent of the population relies on agriculture for their livelihood. Cash crops and agriculture exports have also been heavily affected.
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
In the wake of the destruction resulting from Cyclone Pam, the United States Government has awarded $400,000 in disaster assistance in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. This funding has been given to international programs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are providing on-the-ground disaster assistance in these two cyclone-affected countries.
Approximately 14,000 homes have been reported to be destroyed or damaged throughout the provinces of Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea.
While food and water supplies have been reaching people on the 22 affected islands, more is still required.
Initial food packages have been dispatched to Erromango,
Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna and Epi islands, serving approximately 7,400 households.
Interviews are available with UNICEF staff working on the emergency response to Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu’s President has declared a State of Emergency across all six provinces of Vanuatu.
Shelter, food, health and water, sanitation and health (WASH) remain key needs.
Half of Vanuatu’s population, spread over 22 islands, has been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
166,000 people are estimated to be in need of food assistance for the next three months.
Tropical Cyclone Pam brought heavy rains and damaging winds to several South Pacific islands.
The USG has declared disasters in the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
USAID/OFDA staff are in Vanuatu to assess storm damage and coordinate USG response efforts.
The international community is responding to humanitarian needs under the leadership of the storm-affected host governments.
Around 166,000 people, more than half of Vanuatu’s population, have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam on 22 islands.
Food stocks and water reserves are being exhausted and will not last more than a couple of weeks across the affected islands.
The Government-led joint Initial Rapid Needs Assessments concluded on 20 March.
Access to affected communities is still hindered in Emae Island and in the eastern part of Pentecote Island.
Initial assessment reports confirm widespread destruction – ranging from 20 to 90 per cent of houses, schools, clinics, churches and crops.
WASH needs most urgent for outer islands
At least 80 per cent of schools have been affected.
UNICEF will soon be sending the first supplies to Tongoa to support Temporary Safe Learning Spaces, allowing 570 primary school children to resume school.
Les alertes suivantes ont été signalées:
• Fièvre éruptive: Polynésie française
• Diarrhée: Tonga
• Syndrome grippal: Polynésie française, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Tonga, Tuvalu
• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga
Autres mises à jour:
Cyclone tropical Pam
The Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office says it isn't expecting any casualties on the cyclone-stricken islands of Tikopia and Anuta.
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ABU DHABI, 19th March 2015 (WAM) --- President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nayhan has ordered USD 1.2 million to be made available for emergency relief efforts, immediately, to the affected islands of the South Pacific as a result of the tropical Cyclone Pam.
Thousands of people have been affected by the worst tropical cyclone in over a decade, resulting in deaths and injury in the islands of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati as well as Tuvalu.
Initial assessment reports confirm destruction ranging from 20 to 90 per cent of houses, schools, clinics, churches and crops.
UNICEF Child Protection, WASH, Education and Cold Chain experts participating in multi-sector assessments.
UNICEF staff who are part of the first joint rapid assessment team to reach Tanna Island, have conducted initial assessment of all schools.