- OCHA: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 15 (as of 1 April 2015)
- IOM Vanuatu Response, 24 Mar 2015
- UNICEF Cyclone Pam Humanitarian Situation Report 9, 23-24 Mar 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Flash Appeal: Emergency Response Plan for Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Pam, March - June 2015
- UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2015 Pacific Island Countries
In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.
Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.
The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.
The Vanuatu government has announced an extension to the state of emergency (SOE) it imposed in the wake of Cyclone Pam.
Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International
By Tom Perry
As the international relief effort in Vanuatu continues, aid organisation CARE Australia says it is critical that international aid targets the needs of women and girls.
Category Five Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific island nation on 13 March, affecting more than 165,000 people, damaging or destroying an estimated 15,000 homes and buildings, washing away 90 per cent of crops and leaving much of Vanuatu’s rural population without food or drinking water.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
· Diarrhoea: Tonga
· Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia, Tonga
· Prolonged Fever: Tonga
· Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia has been declared a state of emergency after a category 5 super typhoon struck the island resulting in five deaths. The typhoon has since weakened and is expected to reach the Philippines this weekend.
Tropical Cyclone Pam
Weekly epidemiological summary
- Week 12
2 cases of clinical leptospirosis reported from VCH
Evacuation centers - 3 cases AFR, multiple cases of red eye and cough, child vomiting, 3 cases of diarrhoea
2 cases of AFR on Tanna
- Long term rebuilding and restructuring of the Ministry (MLFFB)
- Fishing gear (boats, nets etc)
- Food rations for boarding schools
- Animal welfare support (animal feed, water, shelter)
Pacific Island Countries
The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions on earth. Climate change is contributing to tropical cyclones, floods, drought and rising sea levels which have resulted in chronic emergency conditions and in an increase in intensity and frequency of acute emergencies. It has also rendered the people of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters, especially the poor, who are more exposed, thus less able to reduce risk and to recover from disasters.
The first round of Government-led, harmonized assessments will return by 2 April and will be used to identify residual humanitarian priorities and gaps in life-saving assistance, as well as early recovery needs. The second and final round of assessments will be deployed around 6 April.
As of 1 April, assessments show that Tropical Cyclone Pam destroyed 96 per cent of crops, leaving people with no alternative food stocks.
By Sam Bolitho
Tropical Cyclone Pam was one of the worst cyclones on record but there were very few casualties
Aid agencies have described Tropical Cyclone Pam as one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific region.
Packing winds of up to 250 kilometres per hour, the category-five system caused widespread devastation in Vanuatu's southern provinces of Shefa and Tafea.
Around 75,000 people were left in need of emergency shelter, and 96 per cent of food crops were destroyed.
The Fiji Response Team operating from Port Vila in Vanuatu has sent a team of health officials to assist local health practitioners in Tanna Island in the province of Tafea.
Led by Dr. Luke Nasedra and Dr. Mark Rokobuili of the Ministry of Health, the team will assist in meeting a high demand for health services in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
It's now two weeks since Cyclone Pam ripped through Vanuatu, destroying homes and vital infrastructure. With an estimated 166,000 people in need of assistance, it is one of the most destructive storms the region has ever seen.
With support from Caritas Australia, the Diocese of Port Vila is leading the Church’s disaster response efforts. Shelter, food and water are major priorities and a number of churches are being used as evacuation centres.
Disaster event details
• Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam Category 5 hit Tafea Province around 5.00am Saturday 14 March lasted 9 hours, until 2pm.
• Winds came first from the east then shifted north and finally from the west
• Winds began easing from 2.00pm Saturday 14 March 2015
• Rough seas with waves in excess of 10m persisted for the duration of the event and for the next 24 hours.
General situation update: Tuesday 1st April 2015
Sally Page works for Save the Children New Zealand and has just returned from Port Vila, Vanuatu.
It is with mixed emotions that I board the Auckland-bound plane from Vanuatu.
I have been here for a week assisting Save the Children, an organisation that has been working in this Pacific nation for 25 years.
Which means it knows its stuff, knows what’s needed in the wake of Cyclone Pam and has the utmost respect of the local community.
166,000 people affected on 22 islands – more than half the country’s population
11 fatalities have been reported
110,000 people are in need of clean drinking water
75,000 people are in need of emergency shelter
The Red Cross says it is now working to help people in cyclone-devastated Vanuatu rebuild and repair their homes.
Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International
Finau Limuloa, the IFRC Pacific Disaster Law Delegate currently working in Vanuatu, provides some perspectives in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu, a small island archipelago in the vast Pacific ocean, has for many years worn the crown as the most disaster prone country in the world. Earthquakes, volcanos and storms are an everyday reality for its inhabitants. However the ferocity of the recent Tropical Cyclone Pam which slammed into the country last month, tested the coping mechanisms not only of the country but also the global humanitarian system.
30 mars 2015 – Deux semaines après que le cyclone Pam a frappé Vanuatu, la Coordonnatrice humanitaire des Nations Unies pour l'archipel, Osnat Lubrani, a estimé nécessaire d'accroître les efforts pour aider les gens dans le besoin.
« Cela fait mal au cœur de voir l'ampleur des destructions », a dit Mme Lubrani, alors qu'elle effectuait un tour de Tafea, l'une des îles les plus touchées par le cyclone.
Map shows organisations per island for the Nutrition sector (as of 30 March 2015)
Map shows organisations per island in the Protection Cluster (as of 28 March 2015)
Map shows organisations per island for the Non Food Items (NFI) cluster.