The highlights below are based on the information from the central, northern and southern islands for the period 27-31 March 2015. The report includes new information from the agriculture and health teams that visited the northern and southern islands and public works team in Nui.
• A total of 39 homes were totally destroyed (12 in Nui Island, 15 in Nanumea, and 12 in Nanumanga).
• The Nanumanga clinic suffered severe infrastructure damage.
• The clinic in Niutao Island was partially damaged.
• Eleven graves in Nanumea Island were damaged, resulting in human remains being brought to the surface.
• There are reports of increased mosquito and fly breeding and a strong stench from decaying organic matter in all six affected islands.
• The Aedes Egypti mosquito, a known carrier of Dengue fever, was identified in the northern islands of Nanumea, Nanumanga and Niutao.
• Communities are depending on canned food as home food production has been compromised by saltwater intrusion.
• DFAT and MFAT have committed resources (funds) to support crop replanting and fisheries in the outer islands.
• The state of emergency for TC Pam has been lifted.
• A French military plane delivered emergency supplies including the school back packs from UNICEF that were awaiting delivery in Nadi, Fiji.
• Teams of Red Cross Volunteers have been on the forefront of emergency response in the affected islands distributing emergency supplies and creating awareness on public health and hygiene as well as clean-up operations.
• The general elections were held on 31 March and voting took place peacefully and a government will soon be formed.
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