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12 Jan 2018 description

KEY FACTS & FIGURES

Establishment of Pacific Shelter Cluster: 2012, Fiji: 2012, Solomon Islands: 2014, Vanuatu: 2014, Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands: in process Recent activations: Feb 2016 TC Winston in Fiji, March 2015 TC Pam in Vanuatu.

Recent national responses with regional support and number of people reached with emergency shelter:

Dec 2016
Makira EQ/tsunami in Solomon Islands 5,004

May 2017
TC Donna in Vanuatu 2,564

05 Dec 2017 description

In the face of climate change, the world continues to witness frequent and large-scale disasters. In the rst half of 2017 alone, 149 natural disasters occurred in 73 countries resulting in 3,162 deaths, affecting 80 million people and resulting in the estimated loss of US$32.4 billion.

01 Nov 2017 description

New Zealand and Australia are assisting with the delivery of relief supplies to communities affected by volcanic activity in Solomon Islands.

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30 Oct 2017 description

Severe Weather Event and/ or Natural Hazard: Cyclone Donna & Tinakula Volcanic Ash fall

EVENT:

Tikopia, Anuta and Duff Islands have been experiencing an on-going critical food shortage after Cyclone Donna damaged root crops in early May 2017.

Reef Islands are currently experiencing a critical water shortage due to widespread ash-fall contamination of their water supplies following the minor eruption of Tinakula volcano on Saturday 21st October 2017.

RESPONSE:

24 Oct 2017 description

Introduction

This year’s State of the Environment for Oceania report focuses on people’s changing relationship with the seas that surround us, and how Oceania communities and governments are responding to today’s environmental challenges.

Beneath the surface of the waves, the temperature, volume and chemistry of our oceans is changing. A major report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature said the world is ‘completely unprepared’ for the impact of warming oceans on marine life, ecosystems, and people.

26 Aug 2017 description

This update informs the latest progress of the operation.

There have been no further changes to the strategy or Plan of Action since the issue of Operations Update no. 1 in June 2017. All emergency response activities and distributions have now been completed in the Banks Islands, Malekula, Santo and the Torres Islands. A multi-province lessons learned workshop was also held in Santo in early July.

14 Jul 2017 description
infographic Government of Vanuatu

TC Donna passed 50-100km north of the Torres islands in Torba Province as a category 3 cyclone on the 4th & 5th of May 2017. Destructive winds and heavy rain caused significant damage. This graphic summarises the Governmentof Vanuatu’s response. Many partner agencies supported the response.

10 Jun 2017 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This update informs the latest progress of the operation. This update also informs the budget revision with approval of DREF top-up (CHF 32,126) and timeframe extension for another 3 months to 31 October 2017.

26 May 2017 description

Event Overview

Tropical Cyclone Donna moved in a westerly direction passing north of the Vanuatu group within 50-100km the Torres islands in Torba Province as a Category 3 system.

The system continued west, before turning south, gathering strength to become a Category 5 cyclone and passed to the west of Sanma, Malmpa and Shefa. Tropical Cyclone Donna passed about 200km to the west of the islands of Vanuatu.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued the all clear on Tuesday 9 th May 2017.

20 May 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 2 May 2017, the Fiji Meteorological Service provided an early alert for a tropical disturbance (TD21F) forming to the north of Vanuatu. Over the ensuing 24 hours TD21F continued to strengthen and by midnight on 3 May 2017 had developed into Tropical Cyclone Donna (TC Donna), a Category 1 system. Moving in a westerly direction, TC Donna passed north of the Vanuatu group as a Category 3 cyclone within 50-100km of the Torres Islands in Torba Province.

18 May 2017 description

New Caledonia's government has released emergency funds to help the Loyalty Islands recover from last week's damage caused by Cyclone Donna.

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17 May 2017 description

Event Overview

Tropical Cyclone Donna moved in a westerly direction passing north of the Vanuatu group within 50-100km the Torres islands in Torba Province as a Category 3 system.

The system continued west, before turning south, gathering strength to become a Category 5 cyclone and passed to the west of Sanma, Malmpa and Shefa. Tropical Cyclone Donna passed about 200km to the west of the islands of Vanuatu. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued the all clear on Tuesday 9th May 2017.

Current Situation

17 May 2017 description

The French Red Cross in New Caledonia has distributed much needed emergency aid supplies to assist one hundred families on Lifou island.

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16 May 2017 description

Current Situation

  • NDMO has been working closely with Area Council Secretaries and partners to ensure affected communities are being supported.

  • NEOC has remained operational to co-ordinate the response.

  • Agencies who are deploying personnel and/or supplies need to advise the NEOC.

  • Damage assessment completed for Torres, yet to be completed for Santo.

  • NDMO is also reviewing damage assessments from Tropical Cyclone Cook.

15 May 2017 description

8:23 pm on 15 May 2017

Oxfam in Vanuatu has distributed fast growing seeds to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of Cyclone Donna in the northern Torba Province.

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