PORT VILA, 26 May 2015 – A team of Fijian midwives have completed their final week in Vanuatu this week, helping in the busy maternity ward at Vila Central Hospital (VCH), where they supported a small staff stretched thin since Cyclone Pam hit more than two months ago. The midwives were brought in by the Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and funding from the UNFPA.
Since arriving, the visiting midwives have been assisting their local counterparts to cover the maternity unit 24 hours.
Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu with 250 kilometer-per-hour winds on 13 March 2015, causing widespread damage on 22 of 80 islands. It affected nearly half of the population. Some 96% of crops were destroyed, 75,000 people needed shelter, and 100,000 people were left without access to safe drinking water. Remarkably, the death toll was surprisingly low, with just eleven confirmed fatalities. Much of this can be attributed to the light structure of the traditional houses, as well as functioning nation-wide early warning mechanisms, such as the use of text messaging.
Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.
Mataso island residents packed the beachfront, awaiting the return of family members after many weeks of separation. As the patrol boat carrying 53 of their relatives drew closer, two small boats sped out to greet the travellers, for whom this four-hour voyage across rough seas from Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, marked the end of a much rougher two-month journey.
The Regional Bureau in Bangkok has confirmed the extension of the ETC’s support until 15 June, in line with the request from the Government of Vanuatu. Decommissioning of equipment will now be finished by 20 June.
Over 300 humanitarians have registered to use internet connectivity provided by ETC partners, emergency.lu and Ericsson Response, on Tanna Island.
The ETC continues to provide connectivity to the government and humanitarians in 5x identified sites across Vanuatu.
Category Five Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall in Vanuatu on March 13th 2015, resulting in storm surges and sustained winds of up to 240 km per hour throughout the affected area of the country. REACH, through its global partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster, was deployed to Vanuatu at the end of March 2015 to facilitate the implementation of a shelter and settlements vulnerability assessment designed to inform the medium to long term strategy of the Vanuatu Shelter Cluster.
Nutrition: UNICEF continues to provide urgent nutrition support to treat and prevent deterioration of nutritional status of children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) through delivery of infant and young child feeding support, treatment of severe acute malnutrition and the provision of micronutrients in affected areas.
These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Asia and South Asia
Thursday 21st May 2015 Natalie Curtis Senior Editorial and Stories Manager
This week ActionAid teamed up with Greenpeace and its most famous ship, the Rainbow Warrior, to deliver aid to cyclone-struck Vanuatu.
The Rainbow Warrior set sail from Sydney three weeks ago to reach Vanuatu. The South Pacific Ocean island nation - made up of 82 islands - was devastated by Cyclone Pam two months ago. The cyclone killed 24 people, destroyed nearly all of the nation's food crops and left many people homeless.
I am pleased to announce that Australia will provide additional support to the long-term recovery of Vanuatu from Tropical Cyclone Pam, the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in Vanuatu.
Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to housing, health centres, schools and other critical infrastructure in affected areas, and to Vanuatu’s key industries of tourism and agriculture.
Australia provided an early life-saving package of more than $10 million, including deployment of disaster response, medical and search and rescue teams.
Following Cyclone Pam, which caused widespread damage when it struck Vanuatu on March 13th 2015, REACH teams were on the ground to implement a detailed inter-agency shelter and settlements vulnerability assessment in partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster.
VANUATU - TROPICAL CYCLONE PAM
Cyclone Pam was the largest cyclone to ever hit Vanuatu and caused devastation across the South Pacific island nation when it made landfall on 13 March, 2015. A category 5 storm, up to 90 per cent of buildings were destroyed or damaged on some islands, and 75 per cent of vegetable and fruit crops were destroyed.
PROVIDING SHELTER AFTER THE STORM
Les syndromes suivants ont été identifiés:
• Fièvre éruptive: Palau
• Diarrhée: Niue, Tonga
• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga
Autres mises à jour:
• Une épidémie de Chikungunya est en cours dans les îles Cook et les îles Marshall. Le nombre hebdomadaire des cas à Kiribati a réduit de manière significative.
• Les îles Cook rapportent 38 cas, dans la semaine s’achevant le 17 mai 2015. Au 20 mai 2015, il y a eu 539 cas depuis novembre 2014.
By Pita Ligaiula in Tokyo, Japan
Japan has finally gave formal recognition to the state of Niue, a self-governing Pacific island in free association with New Zealand.
This was revealed Wednesday by Japan’s Director Pacific Ocean Division Asia and Oceania Affairs bureau, Yukihiro Wada, ahead of the PALM 7 Summit later in the week, during a briefing with Pacific journalists in Tokyo.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
- Diarrhoea: Niue, Tonga
- Prolonged Fever: Tonga
Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Weekly number of cases in Kiribati has reduced significantly.
Cook Islands reports 38 cases, in the week to 17 May 2015. As of 20 May 2015 there have been 539 cases since November 2014.