IOM Vanuatu Response Situation Report, 31 March 2015

Situation Report
Originally published



A shipment of 495 shelter kits arrived in Port Vila for further distribution.

IOM provided training on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) basic concepts to government and NGO staff.

Three patients were assisted through IOM’s assisted discharge support programme for patients referred from affected islands to Port Vila.


In Vanuatu, an estimated 166,000 people have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam spanning 22 islands. Approximately 75,000 people are in need of emergency shelter after 15,000 homes have been damaged. Furthermore, 110,000 people are without access to clean drinking water.

Logistical backlog has started to improve with the arrival of a large shipment of shelter and other materials aboard military assets originating from Brisbane. Between 27 and 29 March, 37 people were transported from Mataso by police patrol boat for temporary relocation following severe damage to shelter and infrastructure on the island. Upon arrival, the group was joined by an additional 20 people who had left the island using private transportation. The group is currently staying with host families in Port Vila in a community that received emergency shelter and food distributions. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is supporting with additional shelter and food provisions for the additional caseload.

The Port Vila based community will send volunteers to Mataso between 3 and 6 April to assist in clearing debris and building transitional shelters in preparation for impending returns once conditions are improved. Although people in evacuation centres (ECs) have returned home, there is still a need to ensure that host communities are supported whilst recovery efforts are ongoing.