Western Somoa/Cook Islands Cyclone Sally Jan 1987 UNDRO Information Reports 1-3

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 06 Jan 1987


UNDRO 87/0011

WESTERN SAMOA/COOK ISLANDS
CYCLONE SALLY
INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
06 JANUARY 1987

SITUATION

1. UNDRO/UNDP REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS THAT CYCLONE SALLY, SECOND TO ATTACK SOUTH PACIFIC IN LAST FEW DAYS (FIRST WAS RAJAH), HIT COOK ISLANDS 1 JAN 87.

2. HEAVY RAINS, ROUGH SEAS AND WIND GUSTS AFFECTED MOSTLY ISLAND RAROTONGA, WHERE POPULATION EVACUATED

3. DAMAGE CURRENTLY ESTIMATED AT US DLRS 19-23 MILLION.

4. UN DELEGATE LEFT APIA 4 JAN FOR ASSESSMENT MISSION.

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UNDRO 87/0028

WESTERN SAMOA/COOK ISLANDS
CYCLONE SALLY
INFORMATION REPORT NO. 2
08 JANUARY 1987

SITUATION

1. CYCLONE SALLY WAS ONE OF WORST NATURAL DISASTERS EVER TO HIT COOK ISLANDS WITH WINDS UP TO 190 KM/HOUR AND WAVES UP TO 12 METRES HIGH.

2. TO DATE, NO DEATHS AND ONLY FIVE INJURIES REPORTED. (EARLY WARNING ALLOWED PERSONS TO EVACUATE LOW-LYING AREAS IN TIME.)

3. ON RAROTONGA ISLAND (POPULATION 9,000) APPROX 1,000 PERSONS IN SHELTERS AND 5,000 MORE STAYING WITH RELATIVES/FRIENDS.

4. IN AVARUA (CAPITAL OF RAROTONGA) 80 PERCENT OF BUIDINGS DESTROYED OR SEVERELY DAMAGED. HARBOUR COMPLETELY BLOCKED. WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTED IN HALF OF TOWN. RADIO/TELEPHONE/ELECTRICITY SERVICES PARTIALLY RESTORED.

5. GOVT ESTIMATES DAMAGE IN RAROTONGA AT US DLRS 7.6 MILLION AND TOTAL DAMAGE INCLUDING OUTER ISLANDS AT US DLRS 25.4 MILLION.

REQUIREMENTS

6. UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS SUFFICIENT FUEL, WATER AND POWER FOR RELIEF ACTIVITIES. PENDING MORE COMPLETE ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE, GOVT HAS NOT REQUESTED UN ASSISTANCE.

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

7. TASK FORCE HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO COORDINATE RELIEF ACTIVITIES.

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

8. FOLLOWING ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN GIVEN OR PLEDGED:

AUSTRALIA:
ON STAND-BY TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WHEN REQUESTED
FRANCE:
- 1 AIRCRAFT WITH DELEGATION ARRIVED 3 JAN.
- 1 VESSEL WITH HEAVY EQUIPMENT (FRONT LOADERS, GRADERS, 5-TON TRUCKS) TO ARRIVE 15 JAN.
NEW ZEALAND:
- 1 AIRCRAFT WITH 2 TEAMS ARRIVED 5 JAN.
- 1 AIRCRAFT WITH TECHNICAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL AND EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLIES TO ARRIVE RAROTONGA SHORTLY
USA:
CASH US DLRS 25,000
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UNDRO 87/0053

WESTERN SAMOA/COOK ISLANDS
CYCLONE SALLY
INFORMATION REPORT NO. 3
09 JANUARY 1987

SITUATION

1. INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OF OVER US DLRS 25 MILLION NOW CONFIRMED.

2. THANKS TO GOOD WEATHER, FEWER THAN 100 PEOPLE NOW IN SHELTERS.

3. ESSENTIAL SERVICES RESTORED IN MANY AREAS.

4. REHABILITATION PHASE NOW IN PROGRESS.

REQUIREMENTS

5. ON 8 JAN UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE MET PRIME MINISTER WHO REQUESTED AS MUCH CASH AID AS POSSIBLE FROM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THROUGH UNITED NATIONS TO PURCHASE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT.

6. CLOTHING, BLANKETS AND FOOD NOT NECESSARY.

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

7. FURTHER ASSISTANCE GIVEN OR PLEDGED:


NEW ZEALAND:
THIRD AIRCRAFT WITH RELIEF MATERIAL TO ARRIVE THIS WEEK
UNITED KINGDOM:
CASH (PDS STERLING 250,000) - US DLRS 375,000
8. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TELEX (28148 UNDR CH), OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUE.

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