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01 Sep 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.


Fighting on the ground is spreading throughout the country. Air strikes are continuing and more and more civilians are losing their lives to land mines.

01 Sep 2015 description

The Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centre Association is on track to roll-out accredited technical vocational education training courses on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

The first training of trainers on a national scale is about to take place on 17 September.

29 Aug 2015 description

The Government of Vanuatu has again assisted local communities with over Vt12 million worth of Sawmills as part of its effort to response, recovery and reconstruction efforts to its people to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The official handing over of the 9 Lucas Mills and 18 mini-mills took place at the Department of Forestry Office in Port Vila between the Director of Forests Hanington Tate and the Acting Director of the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) this week witnessed by staff of both Departments and Donors.

29 Aug 2015 description

The Climate Division of the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) is now confirming: El Niño is now well established with all ENSO indicators pointing to a mature El Niño event to last until first quarter of 2016. VMGD Climate Division head , Philip Malsale states, ‘Even though we have seen some rain over the past few weeks, we still need to be preparing for low rainfall in the coming months.” “Its normal to have a three month lag time from the start of an El Niño until the time you will actually see the impacts on ground here in Vanuatu” Mr Malsale said.

27 Aug 2015 description

The United Nations Development Programme is delivering building materials for the construction of six community centres in six islands of Vanuatu's Tongoa and Shepherds Group of islands in Shefa Province.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

21 Aug 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

A nursing graduate of 1968, Margaret Saul did not attain midwifery prerequisites until 1987: with good reason having to juggle a nursing career and family-- which involved raising eight children, four biological and four adopted - after her 1970 marriage.

Ms Saul has done her bit for national health but we meet as part of a Vanuatu Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) integrated Cyclone Pam community outreach team, the first to visit Fresh Wind Ohlem, just outside the capital, Port Vila

20 Aug 2015 description

Between March 12 and 14, 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive Category 5 cyclone, with estimated wind speeds of 250km/h and wind gusts that peaked at around 320km/h.

At approximately 11 p.m. local time, the center of the cyclone passed east of Efate Island, which is home to the capital city of Port Vila, and then continued southward, passing just west of Erromango Island and Tanna Island.

19 Aug 2015 description
  • The number of people targeted through coordinated humanitarian appeals rose from 76 million in 31 countries in December 2014 to 78.9 million people in 37 countries in June 2015. This figure now stands at over 82 million.*

  • US$6.6 billion have been received within the coordinated appeal framework.

  • The total humanitarian funding received inside and outside coordinated appeals stands at $11.5 billion. It is worth noting that $23.2 billion is the total amount received inside and outside the appeals last year in 2014.

18 Aug 2015 description

Rebecca Olul - Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UNICEF, Port Vila, Vanuatu

18 Aug 2015 description
South East Asia and the Pacific - version 2
Technical Annex - version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 19 000 000


13 Aug 2015 description

The Vanuatu Government has put a cost of $US443 million dollars [$443,228,000] on the country's rebuild following Cyclone Pam.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

12 Aug 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand

Other updates


  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.


  • Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).

10 Aug 2015 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam helped almost a third more people caught up in humanitarian disasters in 2014-15 as it responded to an unprecedented number of emergencies including the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and ongoing conflicts in Syria and South Sudan.

The organisation supported 8.1 million people across 39 humanitarian disasters over the year, providing clean water, sanitation and food, compared to 6.1 million across 24 emergencies in 2013-14.

07 Aug 2015 description


El Niño is historically associated with lower rainfall amounts in the Asia-Pacific region; its impact is difficult to predict. Drought and floods are concurrently occurring in many countries in the region, however the effects of drought are expected to prevail and are likely to be heavier than expected.

Country alerts


06 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

TANNA, Vanuatu, 6 August 2015 (IRIN) - When Cyclone Pam bore down on Vanuatu in March, many modern buildings in the Pacific Island nation were completely destroyed. But Charlie Kalah’s hut made of materials harvested from the forest was left standing.

"We were 15 of us squeezed in my Nimafiak,” said Kalah, referring to the hut by its traditional name. “We made space for the elders, just held hands and some of us also prayed for collective safety.”

05 Aug 2015 description

New York – Two new agreements reached in the Pacific by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) are set to provide a major boost in the fight against the three diseases in the region. The two grants, totalling US$17 million, have been awarded to UNDP as interim Principal Recipient of the Global Fund grant for the next two and a half years, starting 1 July 2015.

05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.


Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

03 Aug 2015 description

The Government of the Republic of Vanuatu has assisted local communities with Vt32 million worth of agriculture tools as part of its response, recovery and reconstruction efforts to its people to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The official handing over of agricultural tools took place at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) between the representatives of the Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disasters and the Ministry of Agriculture early this month.

02 Aug 2015 description

The WHS regional consultation for the Pacific was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 June to 2 July 2015. It was hosted by the Government of New Zealand and co-chaired by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand along with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

31 Jul 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 01:40 GMT | 723 words

by André VIOLLAZ

More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council Thursday for help in combatting climate change, which they said poses a threat to their very existence.

The Council -- more typically a forum for heated debates on the plight of refugees in Syria or efforts to stem the war in Ukraine -- heard pleas from ministers and ambassadors of diminutive nations like Fiji, Samoa and Caribbean countries like St. Vincent and the Grenadines.