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21 Apr 2015 description

Georgia has announced that it will donate 100,000 US dollars to Vanuatu to aid in its recovery from cyclone Pam.

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21 Apr 2015 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says geo mapping statistical data proved invaluable to disaster authorities in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam struck in mid-March.

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21 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Fiji

The Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu this morning received $10,000 from the Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Services lieutenant colonel Iferemi Vasu that will be directed towards relief efforts in Vanuatu.

Minister Seruiratu commended the FCS for their donation and said that this contribution will greatly assist those that have been affected by the recent cyclone in Vanuatu.

20 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

20 avril 2015 – Des milliers d'enfants victimes des ravages causés par le passage du cyclone Pam le mois dernier à Vanuatu devraient recevoir de nouveaux certificats grâce à une initiative soutenue par les Nations Unies, a salué lundi le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).

20 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

20 April 2015 – Thousands of children affected by the devastation of last month's Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu are slated to receive new birth certificates through a United Nations-supported campaign, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

“Birth registration is an official recording of a child as a citizen by a Government. It is both a right and an important process for child protection,” UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr. Karen Allen said in a press release.

20 Apr 2015 description

VANUATU

The Second Phase Harmonized Assessment Report for Tropical Cyclone Pam was released on 17 Apr. Revised Government figures estimate 188,000 people in 23 islands are affected by the cyclone, up from the initial figure of 166,000 people in 22 islands. Key priorities outlined in the report include addressing health risks by immediately providing access to safe water supply and restoring sanitation structures.

188,000 people affected

19,500 children vaccinated

20 Apr 2015 description

A Fijian aid team in Vanuatu has delivered 19 babies on the island of Tanna.

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20 Apr 2015 description
report Caritas, Oxfam

Groups of local men and women have taken to the streets of Port Vila, Vanuatu to help clean up the neighbourhoods hardest hit by Cyclone Pam as part of a joint Caritas/ Vanuatu Diocesan Disaster Committee (DDC)-Oxfam ‘Cash for Work’ programme.

With the aim of reinvesting in the local economy by providing paid work to residents in the capital, the 10-day programme also serves to clean up damaged areas and help move the emergency response forward from providing relief supplies to supporting a recovery phase where rebuilding can occur.

19 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Reactivation of health activities: 1 provincial hospital and 2 health centres have been repaired to the extent that vital health services can be provided at an increased level. Temporary infrastructure is currently being mobilized to enable a further 13 critically affected sites to function.

17 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

The Second Phase Harmonised Assessments Report is being finalised and will be released on 16 April.

Coinciding with the recent rains in Port Vila, we have seen an increase in numbers of individuals approaching the NDMO directly requesting tarpaulins. Shelter Cluster partners are expediting the distribution of remaining tarpaulin stocks through the area councils in Port Vila to help meet the outstanding needs. Key shelter messaging has also been provided through various channels to try and improve information flow to affected communities.

17 Apr 2015 description

Purpose of the assessment

The current report describes the impact of Cyclone Pam throughout Vanuatu. Specifically, it reports on the cyclone’s impact and pathways to recovery in the areas of:

1) Agriculture and livelihoods

2) Food needs

3) Housing

4) Markets

5) Health

The report is designed to serve as a tool to enable stakeholder/expert discussion and derive a common understanding on the current situation.

17 Apr 2015 description

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

A. WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE

KEY FINDINGS

1 . Many communities cannot access safe water sources. An estimated 68% of the rainwater harvesting catchment structures are broken, 70% of the wells have been contaminated, and piped water systems have been damaged. Water quality is poor everywhere except Port Vila, resulting in a health risk.

16 Apr 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru

Diarrhoea: Niue

Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Nauru, Tonga, Vanuatu

Prolonged Fever: Marshall Islands, Palau, Tonga

16 Apr 2015 description

Situation Overview

  • On Friday 13March, a Category 5 Cyclone named ‘Pam’, caused widespread, severe damage and loss of life throughout Vanuatu, particularly affecting the Central and Southern regions, as these areas experienceddirect impact. The most impacted provinces include Shefa, Tafea, Malampa and Penama.

  • The Vanuatu National Emergency Operating Centre (NEOC) / NDMO is managing the coordination of information gathering, initial response and planning for assessments.

16 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

· The first wave of Government-led food distributions was completed in 21 out of 23 islands, reaching some 165,000 people. By referring to Makira and Mataso as two separate islands (they were considered as one initially), the number of affected islands is now considered to be 23.

· Food distributions are still underway in the islands of Pentecost and Maewo, due for completion by the end of the week.

16 Apr 2015 description

Australia will provide additional assistance to Vanuatu to support its recovery from Tropical Cyclone Pam, meeting additional needs and to ensure its long-term recovery.

Education, health and food security have been assessed by the Government of Vanuatu and its partners as priority areas for assistance. Australia will provide an extra $5 million to help meet these needs, comprising:

  • $2.3 million for urgent school repairs and the replacement of damaged learning materials;

16 Apr 2015 description

Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall on Vanuatu on 13 March 2015 with wind speeds up to 320 km/h, causing widespread damage. Up to 90% of buildings in Port Vila and most of the communication were affected by the storm. Cyclone Pam is the strongest storm to make landfall since the Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. The full force of Pam was dramatically worse than the predictions, and the humanitarian impact is expected to be high. The present production shows the damage grading in the Tanna Island.

16 Apr 2015 description

Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall on Vanuatu on 13 March 2015 with wind speeds up to 320 km/h, causing widespread damage. Up to 90% of buildings in Port Vila and most of the communication were affected by the storm. Cyclone Pam is the strongest storm to make landfall since the Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. The full force of Pam was dramatically worse than the predictions, and the humanitarian impact is expected to be high. The present production shows the damage grading in the Tanna Island.

16 Apr 2015 description

Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall on Vanuatu on 14 March 2015 with wind speeds up to 320 km/h, causing widespread damage. Up to 90% of buildings in Port Vila and most of the communication were affected by the storm. Cyclone Pam is the strongest storm to make landfall since the Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. The full force of Pam was dramatically worse than the predictions, and the humanitarian impact is expected to be high. The present production shows the damage grading in the Tanna Island.