The 7 th PHT Regional Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Suva in Fiji from 28 to 30 October 2014. The meeting has been held annually since 2008 to strengthen preparedness and response activities in support of disaster management authorities and affected people in the Pacific. This report aims to capture key points and actions arising from discussions and consultations during the meeting.
Central African Republic: 5,600 people have fled Bangui after a new wave of violence killed at least eight and injured 56. WASH and health are priority needs among the IDPs. A UN peacekeeper was ambushed and killed on the outskirts of the capital. In Kemo, IDPs have been slow to return as tensions have increased: ex-Seleka attacked Dekoa market on 11 October.
• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.
• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.
• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.
• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.
This report is produced by OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific (ROP) in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA ROP and covers the period from 6 to 7 April 2014. The next report will be issued on or around 8 April 2014.
The Government has released a three-month response plan with funding requirements totaling TOP 28.4 million (US$15.1 million), of which TOP 23.7 million ($12.6 million) remains unmet.
Detailed assessments have been finalized across Agriculture, WASH, Health and Protection.
950 farming households have been impacted and are in need of assistance.
There has been extensive damage to staple crops, such as cassava, plantain, breadfruit and coconut.
Tropical Cyclone Ian, a Category 5 system with winds over 200 kilometres per hour and gusts around 300 kilometres, was the most powerful storm ever recorded in Tongan waters and passed directly over the northeast islands of Ha’apai. An estimated 5,000 have been directly affected and an estimated 800 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged.
· The Government is finalizing a response plan to address the immediate needs of the affected population for the next three months.
· The response plan will be followed by a recovery and reconstruction plan covering a 12 to 18 month period.
· 800 households have been provided with either a tarpaulin, tent or shelter tool kit.
· The school year is expected to resume as normal in early February.
· Eight Pacific Humanitarian Team members are in Tonga providing technical support at the request of Government.
18 villages across six islands affected in Ha’apai have been affected with 1,094 buildings destroyed or damaged.
2,335 people displaced in 51 formal and informal evacuation centres.
17 schools in Ha’apai have been damaged, impacting 1,293 students.
Urgent need for shelter, food, water, sanitation and protection of vulnerable groups.
Rapid assessment reveals severe damage to food crops in Ha’apai and Vava’u.
TC Ian first emerged as a threat on Monday 6 January 2014, when it was upgraded from a tropical depression to a cyclone. On that day the National Operations Centre was activated in standby mode.
On Wednesday 8 January the National Emergency management Committee was convened by the Minister of Infrastructure/Deputy Prime Minister and authorisation was given to the Director of NEMO to fully activate the Emergency Operations Centre when the situation required it.
The secretary general of Tonga Red Cross Society says Cyclone Ian has exhausted the main stockpile of relief supplies in the capital, Nuku'alofa.
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More than 50 per cent of 1,130 affected buildings in Ha’apai have been destroyed, with a further 34 per cent having major damage
Of the 17 primary and secondary schools affected in Ha’apai, 13 have major damage.
Immediate challenge is logistics to distribute relief and recovery items to outer islands, as well as within affected areas.
Initial damage assessments have been carried out with an estimated 70 per cent of homes either damaged or destroyed in Ha’pai.
Around 2,000 people are currently in 11 evacuation centres.
The restoration of power and communication is a key priority, in addition to emergency shelter, water, sanitation and food.
1. Executive Summary
Recognizing the important and positive issues on considerable developments in Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction made by national societies in Asia Pacific during the last decade, the level of risks and vulnerabilities remains important especially in the following aspects:
- Who are we?
Introduction Humanity faces growing challenges: a rising population, a warming planet, and increasing inequalities of health, well-being and security between the rich and poor. The International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) global Strategy 2020 provides direction for its work in the face of these challenges. It also clarifies the Secretariat’s priorities in providing membership services to national societies.
- Who are we?
The 37 national Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) societies in Asia Pacific work to help the most vulnerable groups in their respective countries who are most affected by disasters and socio-economic and health crises. With their widespread network of grassroots members and volunteers, they seek to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in disaster and non-disaster situations.
This report covers the period 1 January – 31 December 2012.
The Ministry of Police in Samoa has confirmed that there have been four casualties and eight people remain missing.
The main water treatment plant in Samoa has suffered major damages and access to water is yet to be restored.
The island of Upolo in Samoa remains without electricity and reports suggest it may take months to reconnect the entire island.
Tropical Cyclone Evan (TC Evan) is forecast to pass Wallis and Futuna as a Category 4 tropical cyclone tonight.
Tropical Cyclone Evan was stationary over Samoa for approximately 24 hours.
The Ministry of Police has confirmed that there have been two casualties.
The whole of Samoa is without electricity, which may not be restored for up to two weeks.
The whole of Samoa is without water, except for critical services such as the hospital.
Tropical Cyclone Evan is predicted to pass close to Niuafo’ou in northern Tonga as a Category 3 tropical cyclone on Sunday.
A. LOGISTICS PREPAREDNESS PLAN
a. LOGISTICS PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
Set up a Logistics Coordination Group (LCG) of key people to support the preparedness activities of the DMO’s Logistics Unit. This LCG should be in charge of the implementation of the Logistics Preparedness Plan (detailed here under). Define the meeting schedule of the LCG (ideally 1x / month until the next raining season).
Composition of the LCG: