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26 Jul 2012 description

In this issue

Protection Cluster Focus P.1

Vanuatu Humanitarian Team P.1

Transformative Agenda P.2

Fiji Floods – Lessons Learned P.3

Climate and Emergency Update P.5

Protection Cluster Focus: increased awareness

21 Feb 2012 description
report Government of Tonga

17 February 2012 The Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano addressed the nation today offering words of encouragement and hopes to all the people in Tonga especially those who have been affected by the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Jasmine, which hit Tonga on February 14.

20 Feb 2012 description

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the OCHA Pacific office. It covers the period from 10 to 17 February. Unless there are significant new development this will be the last report on this event.

I. HIGHLIGHTs/key priorities

• TC Jasmine caused minor damage in Vanuatu’s TAFEA province, mainly to agriculture and water systems, as assessed by members of the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team.

17 Feb 2012 description

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Situation General

Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 14 issued by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, Port Vila at 2:47pm VUT Wednesday 8 February 2012 for Tafea Province.

17 Feb 2012 description

Tropical Cyclone Jasmine passed close to Tafea Province on 10th February 2012. The islands that were reporting some sort of damages done by this cyclone were Tanna and Aneityum.
These are the islands which still have communication linkages using the mobile networks. The NDMO could not establish communication with Futuna and Aniwa islands.

Initial damage reports were coming in from different sources and this information needed to be verified by an independent source and therefore the NDMO organize a rapid technical assessment team from Port Vila.

17 Feb 2012 description

Updated February 16, 2012 17:55:42

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office has spent the last few days trying to determine the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Jasmine last week .

The Tafea Province in the south has been at the centre of concern.

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office says any decision to declare a disaster situation would be made after they assess the report of damage in the affected areas.

Presenter: Joanna McCarthy
Speaker: Philip Meto from Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office

16 Feb 2012 description

Where the last of the families to be evacuated during this week's floods are returning home.

In all, 71 families were forced out of their homes on the main island of Tongatapu . . . but community leaders say the damage was minimal compared to other floods in the past.

Aloma Johansson is the President of the Tonga Chambers of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Tonga Red Cross Society.

Speaking from the capital Nuku'alofa she said that although the island escaped the worst, it's highlighted the need for some policy changes.

15 Feb 2012 description

Updated February 16, 2012 17:55:42

The clean-up continues in Tonga in the wake of Cyclone Jasmine.

About 400 people were evacuated as a result of flooding in the capital Nuku'alofa.

Police, defence forces and the Red Cross are all assisting with relief efforts.

There are also reports a South Korean fishing boat sank in the storm on Tuesday night, with three fishermen rescued by Tongan police.

Presenter: Joanna McCarthy
Speaker: Leveni Aho from the Tonga Disaster Management Office

15 Feb 2012 description

Updated February 16, 2012 09:24:25

Residents in Tonga say Cyclone Jasmine has caused flooding in homes and properties in the capital Nuku'alofa.

Many people were evacuated.

There are also reports of at least two fishing vessels sinking in the fierce storm including a South Korean fishing boat, which had been the subject of a pending marine inquiry.

Local media say three South Korean fisherman on board the vessel were rescued on Tuesday.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker:Leveni Aho, Head of Tonga's Disaster Relief Activities

14 Feb 2012 description

Updated February 15, 2012 17:11:38

Tonga's Meteorological Service says Cyclone Jasmine is easing and the worst is now over.

The service says that as the cyclone moves further south in the coming hours, the winds will drop and rains will clear.

But the clean-up continues from yesterday's flooding on the main island of Tongatapu, with the government setting up evacuation centres for families who've been affected.

Presenter: Joanna McCarthy
Speaker: Ofa Fa'anunu, director of the Tongan Meteorological Service

14 Feb 2012 description

Fiji weather experts say Cyclone Jasmine will continue to affect Tonga with flooding already around the main island of Tongatapu.

Jasmine, which is now a category one storm, is the second cyclone to affect the kingdom in a week.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker:Neville Koop, weather expert with from the Nadraki Weather Service

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13 Feb 2012 description

Updated February 13, 2012 09:44:01

Disaster Assessment teams have visited the southern Vanuatu islands damaged by Cyclone Jasmine last week.

The teams were to get a clearer picture of the destruction of Tafea, the Province most affected by the cyclone's gale force winds and heavy rainfall.

Oxfam in Vanuatu, has been receiving frequent updates from assessment teams in Tanna.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts Speaker:Alex Mathieson, Oxfam's Country Director in Vanuatu

10 Feb 2012 description

Cyclone Jasmine has left Vanuatu waters and is heading south into the open ocean, after leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Shadrack Welegtabic from Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office says once air and ground damage assessments are completed, work will begin on getting aid to the southern island's most severely affected areas.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Shadrack Welegtabic, Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office

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10 Feb 2012 description

Cyclone Jasmine has left Vanuatu waters and is heading south into the open ocean, after leaving a trail of destruction in it's wake.

Shadrack Welegtabic from Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office, said once air and ground damage assessments are completed, work will begin on getting aid to the southern islands most severely affected.

He told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat says while aerial photgraphs suggest crops such as casava and banana have been damaged, there's no immediate threat to food security.

09 Feb 2012 description

As we've just heard, government and non government agencies in Vanuatu are still getting information about what damage Cyclone Jasmine has caused in the south of the country.

Alex Mathieson, Oxfam's director in Vanuatu, says as well as bad news about the effect of the bad weather on buildings, airports and wharves, there's also been a little good news, with two of Vanuatu's newest citizens being born at the storm's height.

Presenter: Jessicca Longbottom

Speaker: Alex Mathieson, Oxfam's director in Vanuatu

09 Feb 2012 description

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office has spent the day trying to determine if it needs to declare a state of emergency in the wake of Cyclone Jasmine .

Earlier today the storm was downgraded from a red to a blue alert.

The Tafea Province in the south has been at the centre of concern.

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office says any decision to declare a state of emergency would be made after the assess the report of an aerial survey carried out today.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

09 Feb 2012 description

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office says the red alert issued for Cyclone Jasmine in Tafea Province has been downgraded to blue.

A Blue alert still exists for Aneityum Island.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker:Shadrack Welegtabic from Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office

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