Cook Islands: Tropical Cyclone Pat - Feb 2010
Tropical Cyclone Pat, Category 3, struck the Southern Cook Islands in the early hours of 10 February 2010 (Cook Islands time). Aitutaki Island bore the brunt of the storm's impact, prompting the Prime Minister to declare a State of Disaster for the island. (OCHA, 22 Feb 2010)
The cyclone brought strong winds up to 200km per hour to the north east, causing severe damage to the eastern and north western side of Aitutaki Island. The north west side estimated 78 per cent destruction to homes. There were no fatalities but two incidents of serious injury were reported. (IFRC, 24 Sep 2010)
On 20 February 2010, the IFRC allocated CHF 150,000 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Cook Islands Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 1,671 beneficiaries, and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks. (IFRC, 24 Sep 2010)
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- OCHA: Asia-Pacific Region: Natural Disasters and Other Events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific (as of 10 - 16 Feb 2010). 16 Feb 2010
- Maplecroft: Haiti and Mozambique most vulnerable to economic losses from natural disasters . 8 Jul 2010
- OCHA: Asia-Pacific Region: Natural Disasters and Other Events Being Monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pasific (as of 17 - 23 Feb 2010). 23 Feb 2010
- ABC: Cook Islands evaluates cyclone response. 3 Jun 2010
- ABC: EU emergency funds for cyclone-hit Cook Islands. 23 Feb 2010
Summary of DREF Review
During the Tropical Cyclone Pat (TC Pat) emergency response, Cook Island Red Cross (CIRC) staff and volunteers were the first one on the ground for emergency assessment and distribution. The recognition of the beneficiaries and all the stakeholders in this key role in response has been well expressed during this review.
However CIRC faced some challenges as listed below:
Coordination issues with other stakeholders
Problem of beneficiaries’ identification
The Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific Island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific Island countries are heavily aid-assisted.
This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2010.
Red Cross National Societies are community-based organizations.
*The Pacific region is currently experiencing the weather phenomenon La Niña, which is projected to continue into February - April 2011. La Niña typically affects the distribution of rain and tropical cyclones across the region.
The Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific island countries are the most heavily aid-assisted part of the world on a per capita basis.
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Summary: CHF 150,000 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20th February, 2010 to support the Cook Islands Red Cross Society (CIRCS) in delivering assistance to some 1,671 beneficiaries, or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
There is no doubt that timely urgent assistance provided to the people of Aitutaki through DREF support made a huge positive impact to the most vulnerable during the urgent phase which placed people in a much better position to deal with the recovery phase.
The most vulnerable …
This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.
Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …
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This report covers the period 01/01/10 to 30/06/10.
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- A dialogue with the Pacific Island Forum on potential cooperation initiatives.
- Delivery of the regional Community Resilience Forum, aimed at improving understanding of members in integrated approaches to working with communities.
- A monthly regional newsletter contributed to sharing best practice and improved coordination between Pacific members and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners.
- A monthly roster of travel by …
Updated June 22, 2010 09:04:20
The reconstruction of homes after Cyclone Pat ripped through the Cook Islands in February continues, with New Zealand aid money soon to arrive to bolster efforts.
Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Ulamila Wragg, Cook Islands reporter
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Emergency management authorities in the Cook Islands have conceded they could have been more prepared for damaging Tropical Cyclone Pat earlier this year.
At the time, the prime minister declared a state of disaster for Aitutaki and Rarotonga when the cyclone hit, in early February.
About 90 per cent of houses on Aitutaki were severely damaged and phones, roads, electricity and air transport were all disrupted - but there were no fatalities.
A three-day conference is being held in Rarotonga, hosted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and it's …
It Is Raising Funds And Mobilizing Volunteers With Expertise Gained From Rebuilding In Tsunami-Hit Samoa
AUCKLAND, 15th April 2010: Habitat for Humanity New Zealand wants to help Fiji and Cook Islands rebuild following the destructive impact of Cyclone Tomas last month and Cyclone Pat in February 2010 respectively.
HFH New Zealand is gaining expertise in rebuilding lives and homes from its response in tsunami-hit Samoa.
Period covered by this update: 20 February to 14 April 2010.
Summary: CHF 150,000 (USD 140,434 or EUR 102,280) was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 12 February 2010 to support the Cook Islands Red Cross Society (CIRCS) in delivering assistance to 1,671 beneficiaries over three months.
The distribution of emergency relief items was completed over the reporting period. To date, the operation has provided 69 tents, more than 800 tarpaulins, and food to over 400 families in the affected areas.
New Zealand makes second payment to support tsunami reconstruction
New Zealand has made the second budget support payment to the Samoan Government to help with reconstruction efforts following the devastating September 2009 tsunami.
The second payment of 5 million tala is part of the A$10 million package jointly announced by New Zealand and Australian Foreign Ministers Murray McCully and Stephen Smith last year and will support the ongoing work rebuilding and restoring homes damaged by the tsunami.
New Zealand High Commissioner in Samoa, Caroline Bilkey, said that New Zealand was …
Cook Islands -- Shortly after Cyclone Pat tore through Aitutaki, one of Cook Islands' most popular tourist destinations, it became clear that quick action to rebuild homes and livelihoods was needed to head off another blow to its fragile economy. Aitutaki is one of the 15 islands that make up 'the Cooks' and, increasingly, the young and employable are migrating to New Zealand and Australia in search of jobs.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced a $5.5 million reconstruction package for Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, in the wake of Cyclone Pat.
"Cyclone Pat caused serious devastation on Aitutaki. Around 80 percent of the houses on the island were affected in some way, and 72 were completely destroyed," Mr McCully said.
"Tourism on Aitutaki is a vital income source for the Cook Islands.
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Cook Islands and Tonga battered by cyclones
The Cook Islands and Tonga were hit by Cyclone Pat and Cyclone Rene on 11 February and 14 February respectively, causing significant damage to Aitutaki (Cook Islands) and limited damage throughout Tonga. Penrhyn in the Northern Cook Islands was also affected by storms, with Tropical Depression 11F causing damage to homes and buildings.
A limited number of homes were destroyed by the cyclones while a number of others were damaged.
New Zealand Red Cross aid workers sent to Tonga and the Cook Islands following destructive cyclones returned to New Zealand today (Tuesday).
Douglas Clark, now back in his home town of Dunedin, said Tonga was fortunate to escape serious damage.
"Tonga was very lucky. There was a great danger that this could have been much bigger.
The European Union has announced the allocation of $US110,000 for the cyclone-ravaged Cook Islands.
The EU says the money will go towards rehabilitation work in the wake of widespread devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pat earlier this month.
PacNews says the donation will be used for the provision of emergency relief supplies such as tarpaulins, blankets, water containers and hygiene kits, which are in urgent demand in atolls badly hit by the cyclone.
The European Union says the funds will be channelled through the Cook Islands Red Cross.
The head of the EU Delegation for …