Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone on the evening of 13 Mar 2015, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the capital. (OCHA, 15 Mar 2015)
The archipelago, consisting of more than 80 islands with a population of approximately 270,000 people, suffered widespread damage across all of its six provinces – Torba, Sanma, Penama, Malampa, Shefa, and Tafea. Tropical Cyclone Pam’s eye passed close to Efate Island in Shefa Province, where the capital Port Vila is located, with winds at around 250 km/hr and gusts peaking at 320 km/hr. A total of 166,600 people were estimated to have been affected by the cyclone – more than half the country’s population. Shefa and Tafea were the hardest hit provinces. In Erromango Island, up to 90 per cent of shelters were wiped out, whilst in Tanna Island 50 per cent of shelters were destroyed. Food stocks were also destroyed and water sources destroyed or contaminated. Estimates were that 95 per cent of crops were destroyed in the affected areas, leaving communities food insecure. (UNDAC, 4 Apr 2015)
The Prime Minister of Vanuatu and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu launched a humanitarian response Flash Appeal on 24 March...The Flash Appeal seeks US$29.9 million to ensure that initial support provided by the Government, donors and humanitarian partners can be sustained to cover the needs of affected people until 24 June 2015. (OCHA, 24 Mar 2015)
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian action plan: Tropical Cyclone Pam, 1 May 2015
- LogIK - Logistics Information About In-Kind Relief Aid
- SPC Cyclone Pam Spatial Data Resources
- - Collected by the ReliefWeb team
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.
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.
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PORT VILA: Sweet potato is a stable food for over 70 percent of the Vanuatu population, most from rural areas - where they depend on traditional agriculture to provide for their dietary needs and income. According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, root crops such as yam, taro, manioc, sweet potato are fundamental to the diet of Ni-Vanuatu for over 2000 years.
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UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office Director, Ms. Karin Hulshof, met with children, communities, health workers, teachers, and government counterparts during her mission to Vanuatu from 21 – 25 January. She gained insight into highlights and challenges of providing supplies and services to children in a Pacific Island Country.
Updated 13 March 2017, 19:20 AEDT By Lauren Beldi
Two years on from Cyclone Pam, a different type of disaster relief has brought pride and income to women in Vanuatu through a program that helps them sell high-quality products to tourists.
When Cyclone Pam lashed Vanuatu two years ago, aid to the island nation came in all shapes and sizes: food, tents, clothes, and cash.
But Caroline Mason saw the need for quilts.
At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.
- Assessments undertaken: 20th December 2015 – 12th January 2016
- Report completed: 26th January 2016
Key assessment findings
Analysis and reporting
Data analysis and knowledge gained is primarily to be used internally for the planning of the bilateral recovery programme of VRCS and ARC. ARC and the VRCS can mutually agree to share this data with other key partners for improved collaboration.
As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work.
Date: 17 January 2017
UNICEF Pacific Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett, presented his credentials to the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas
To date 73 per cent of children under five have been registered, while 86 per cent of children under 18 years have their birth recorded in the national birth registration system
Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises
A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.
Cyclone season in the South Pacific has begun. New Zealand Red Cross will be closely monitoring the formation of tropical cyclones and their progression. We're working with communities to build their resilience, and are ready to provide early assistance to vulnerable communities who need it most.
Last year, the South Pacific cyclone season was one of the worst on record. Eight tropical cyclones hit the region, five of which were severe, including Tropical Cyclone Winston - the strongest cyclone to ever make landfall in Fiji.
Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
6 December 2016
From 6th to 8th December we will travel to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu, accompanied by Labor Senators and portfolio counterparts, the Hon Penny Wong and Claire Moore to emphasise Australia's bipartisan commitment to stability and economic growth in the Pacific.
28.11.2016 – The Pacific Islands are particularly hard hit by climate change. Smartphone apps are helping people there protect themselves from natural disasters.
Many island states in the Asia-Pacific region are feeling the impacts of climate change particularly strongly. Large numbers of islanders earn their living from agriculture or fishing, and this makes them especially vulnerable to extreme weather events like cyclones, floods or droughts.
At the sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly in May 2015, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan committed the Organization to creating a single, all-hazards emergency programme; to establishing a global health emergency workforce; and to raising a US$ 100 million contingency fund to enable rapid emergency response.
This Newsletter provides a brief overview of the activities undertaken in the country by Vanuatu Red Cross and partners during the month of October. It features the following content:
- Tropical Cyclone Pam Recovery
- Supporting Community Planning - Phase 3 (SCP3)
- Together Becoming Resilient - Phase 5 (TBR5)
- Youth Empowering Vulnerable Communities
- First Aid
- Organisational Development
- Meet the VRCS Finance & HR Team
- October News & Events
Displacement linked to climate change is not a future hypothetical – it’s a current reality.
As activities get underway in Marrakech at COP22, the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about climate change and displacement.
Since TC Pam, a total of 219,597 people have been registered in the mobile birth registration campaign led by the Civil Registry Office. This includes 67,090 children and 152,507 adults
UN Pacific Strategy Vanuatu National Consultation report is with the government for endorsement 50 stakeholders were trained on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies training to prepare for future crises and clarify roles
A cyclone proof kindergarten is being constructed in a disaster stricken Vanuatu community thanks to Pasifika students and the Vanuatu community in Wellington, New Zealand.
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