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27 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

PORT VILA, 26 April 2017 - To commemorate World Immunisation Week that runs annually from 24 – 30 April and to support routine immunisation outreach so babies from birth to 12 months receive all vital vaccines, UNICEF is providing four vehicles to the Vanuatu Ministry of Health for use by the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) Unit on 27 April 2017.

21 Apr 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.

21 Apr 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

GFDRR supports governments in designing financial protection strategies and instruments to respond to natural disasters. The Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) leads the dialogue on financial resilience as a component of the World Bank’s support to countries in better managing disasters and climate shocks. The initiative connects financial expertise with risk management across many sectors, bringing countries comprehensive solutions and helping them to become more effective in managing their own risk.

19 Apr 2017 description


To save lives and protect livelihoods, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) supports governments in strengthening their emergency preparedness and response capacities to mitigate the effects of disasters and reduce their impacts on vulnerable populations. This includes building capacities in logistics, supply chain management and communication technologies; strengthening risk reduction tools through Social Safety Net programmes; and bolstering sustainable food security and nutrition solutions.

14 Apr 2017 description

- 181 Immunization and Vaccinerelated Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC): summary of conclusions and recommendations, 1–2 February 2017 meeting
- 188 Zika virus: an epidemiological update

- 181 Comité consultatif sur la vaccination et la recherche sur la mise en œuvre des vaccins (IVIR-AC): résumé des conclusions et recommandations, réunion du 1er et 2 février 2017
- 188 Virus Zika: le point de la situation épidémiologique

14 Apr 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone COOK passed through Vanuatu on 8 April and reached New Caledonia on 10 April, causing strong winds, heavy rains and floods. After having passed New Caledonia, it continued moving south towards New Zealand, weakening.

  • Vanuatu: TC COOK caused floods and damage to crops and infrastructures, especially on the island of Efate.

13 Apr 2017 description

More Pacific countries will now able to get immediate cash injections after major disasters under the latest developments under a Pacific disaster risk insurance facility.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

12 Apr 2017 description

Situation Overview

The main impacts from TC Cook are in Malampa, Shefa and Penma provinces. The National Disaster Committee (NDC) met on Tuesday 11th April 2017 and approved a detailed multi-sector assessment including Food Security and Agriculture, WASH and infrastructure to determine the extent and severity of impacts from the Cyclone. Sector specialists will conduct the on ground assessments.

The NDMO continues to remotely gather information and collate reports from partner agencies already on the ground in the provinces.

12 Apr 2017 description

SUVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in its role as lead of the Pacific Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), has joined with the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to support a High Frequency Radio Communication System training course. High Frequency (HF) radio is a technology that provides backup communications capability during emergencies when other communication systems may be down.

12 Apr 2017 description

Vanuatu is still assessing the damage in the wake of Cyclone Cook.

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11 Apr 2017 description

3:24 pm today

All cyclone alerts have been lifted in New Caledonia as the territory gradually returns to normal after Cyclone Cook.

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11 Apr 2017 description

Situation Overview

Tropical Cyclone Cook has passed over Vanuatu resulting in destructive winds, heavy rainfall, flash flooding and rough seas with heavy swells over northern, central and southern provinces. Malampa and Shefa are the most affected provinces. Over 250mm of rain was recorded on Efate between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th April. The system has widely affected fruit trees, crops and gardens across the country. The most significant damage to crops have been reported in parts of Malampa that are likely to affect food security in the coming weeks.

10 Apr 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone COOK passed through Vanuatu on 8 April. It is expected to make landfall at the north coast of New Caledonia in the morning of 10 April (UTC), affecting the island with strong winds and heavy rainfall.

10 Apr 2017 description

Nearly 200 people around Efate, the main island in Vanuatu, have been moved to evacuation centres because of flooding caused by Cyclone Cook.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Apr 2017 description


• Tropical Cyclone COOK passed through Vanuatu on 8 April, causing strong winds (max. sustained winds of 93 km/h) and heavy rainfall, that caused flooding in some areas. As of 10 April, some damage and power cuts were reported in the capital Port Vila, as well as loss of communication with some outer islands. About 300 people were evacuated.

09 Apr 2017 description

By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox

Tropical Cyclone Cook has buffeted Vanuatu with strong winds, heavy rain and rough seas as it moves south-west away from the Pacific Island nation and towards New Caledonia.

The Vanuatu Meteorological and Geo-Hazards Department said the category two cyclone generated wind gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour near its centre.

Authorities said the heavy rain and rough seas whipped up by Cyclone Cook would cause flash flooding in some parts of the country.

08 Apr 2017 description

Vanuatu's weather bureau has issued a cyclone warning as a tropical disturbance intensifies over the country's north-east.

Meteorologists predict the system will develop into a cyclone on Saturday night or early Sunday morning, 24 hours earlier than originally expected.

It is expected to reach category two level by Monday morning.

A long range forecast shows the cyclone could hit southern New Caledonia on Tuesday.