Tropical Cyclone Ita was initially identified over Solomon Islands as a category three tropical depression in early April 2014, increasing in intensity before moving west to the shores of Papua New Guinea. It caused extensive damage to property, displaced many villagers and disrupted livelihoods.
Assessments conducted by the National and Provincial Disaster Centres reported 12,346 directly affected people. The number of houses destroyed was extensive, rising to 1,285, with 3,442 food gardens also being hit. Water and food supplies were contaminated or damaged by the storm and 67 classrooms had to be closed. (IOM, 9 May 2014)