“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical – with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
New York / Vanuatu, 24 mars 2015 – L’UNICEF n’a reçu que 15% des fonds nécessaires pour fournir une aide d’urgence aux milliers d’enfants et familles affectés par le passage du cyclone Pam au Vanuatu et dans d’autres îles du Pacifique. L’organisation alerte sur le manque important de financement alors même qu’elle annonce un nouvel appel humanitaire de 4,8 millions de dollars (4,3 millions d’euros), inclus dans l’appel global des Nations unies lancé aujourd’hui, d’un montant de 29,9 millions de dollars.
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
UN Interagency Flash Appeal launched on 24th March in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a total amount of US$29.9.
About 166,000 people, including 82,000 children on 22 islands in Vanuatu are estimated to have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Around 75,000 people are in need of shelter; 110,000 people are without access to clean drinking water.
Food assistance has been dispatched and has now reached approximately 120,000 people.
Distribution of shelter kits for approximately 15,000 people is ongoing in the rural areas of Efate Island and has commenced on the Shepherd Islands.
SUVA, 21 March 2015 – Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency UNICEF is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Approximately 14,000 homes have been reported to be destroyed or damaged throughout the provinces of Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea.
While food and water supplies have been reaching people on the 22 affected islands, more is still required.
Initial food packages have been dispatched to Erromango,
Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna and Epi islands, serving approximately 7,400 households.
Interviews are available with UNICEF staff working on the emergency response to Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu’s President has declared a State of Emergency across all six provinces of Vanuatu.
Shelter, food, health and water, sanitation and health (WASH) remain key needs.
Half of Vanuatu’s population, spread over 22 islands, has been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
166,000 people are estimated to be in need of food assistance for the next three months.
Around 166,000 people, more than half of Vanuatu’s population, have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam on 22 islands.
Food stocks and water reserves are being exhausted and will not last more than a couple of weeks across the affected islands.
The Government-led joint Initial Rapid Needs Assessments concluded on 20 March.
Access to affected communities is still hindered in Emae Island and in the eastern part of Pentecote Island.
Initial assessment reports confirm widespread destruction – ranging from 20 to 90 per cent of houses, schools, clinics, churches and crops.
WASH needs most urgent for outer islands
At least 80 per cent of schools have been affected.
UNICEF will soon be sending the first supplies to Tongoa to support Temporary Safe Learning Spaces, allowing 570 primary school children to resume school.
Initial assessment reports confirm destruction ranging from 20 to 90 per cent of houses, schools, clinics, churches and crops.
UNICEF Child Protection, WASH, Education and Cold Chain experts participating in multi-sector assessments.
UNICEF staff who are part of the first joint rapid assessment team to reach Tanna Island, have conducted initial assessment of all schools.
The Government-led joint Initial Rapid Needs Assessments continued today, indicating an urgent need for food, water, medical supplies, hygiene kits, kitchen kits, tents and bedding.
Emerging aerial images confirm total or near-total destruction of homes, buildings and crops.
A total of 34 schools are being used as evacuation centres on Efate Island and the provinces of Torba and Penama, which prevents children from attending school.
WASH supplies for 2,000 families handed over to provincial government in Tanna Island by UNICEF
48 cartons of health supplies arrived in Port Vila by air, and 5 containers ready for dispatch with WASH, health, education supplies
3,370 people are in evacuation centres (Source: National Disaster Management Office) but registration confirmation is still awaited from all islands
UNICEF-supported measles immunisation campaign continues in Port Vila and Efate.
Jens Laerke, for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), informed that the humanitarian response had begun in Vanuatu in spite of logistical challenges because of the country’s layout composed by more than eighty islands. The communication infrastructure was in poor condition, causing difficulties in the humanitarian coordination. However, the Government was clearly in charge of the response and President Baldwin Lonsdale had asked for international assistance.
Public services being restored in capital city of Port Vila
In addition to previously observed damage in Efate and Tanna, aerial overviews show widespread damage in Tafea, Malampa (Paama Island, Ambryn Island) and Penama, Shefa (Erromango Island, Emae Island, EPI Island)
At least 34 schools are in use as evacuation centres
3,370 people are in evacuation centres (NDMO) but registration confirmation is still awaited
11 confirmed fatalities
· A state of emergency is in place for Shefa Province, Vanuatu, and is likely to be extended to Tanna, Tafea, Malampa and Penama Provinces as previously inaccessible and incommunicado areas are reached and assessed.
· Communications connectivity is still very limited but plans underway for emergency services and repairs
· At least 34 schools are in use as evacuation centres
· 3,296 people are in evacuation centres (NDMO) but registration confirmation needed (OCHA)
SUVA, 15 March 2015 – With Tropical Cyclone Pam ripping through Vanuatu from late Friday night (13 March) into the early hours of Saturday morning, UNICEF Pacific reminds that 45% of the population is children and they are particularly vulnerable in any emergency.
Situation in Numbers
Date: 15 March 2015
Vanuatu: At least 60,000 children could be at risk across the country
Hundreds of children also affected in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Kiribati: 45% of population of Tuvalu affected.
Immediate needs estimated at USD 3 million for maternal and child health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, protection and communication.
Highlights Vanuatu Situation in Numbers