500 IOM shelter kits are planned for delivery to beneficiaries in Epi and Tongoa Islands in the coming days.
IOM has coordinated a visit to Tanna Island with NDMO in order to evaluate reports of open evacuation centres.
In Vanuatu, an estimated 166,000 people have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam spanning 22 islands. Approximately 50,000 people have received emergency shelter assistance and 20,000 people have received hygiene kits (OCHA, 3 April).
More than 26,000 people have received food in the latest round of distributions with the following round commencing with priority given to cyclone-affected areas. The Government of Vanuatu and humanitarian partners are supporting affected people to restore their livelihoods through the distribution of seeds, fresh planting materials and livestock. Access to clean water remains one of the most pressing humanitarian concerns with an estimated 100,000 people in need of safe drinking water.
Following the latest monitoring trip conducted by humanitarian partners, approximately 40 people comprising of residents and community volunteers returned to Matso from Port Vila on 9 April. They are due to return to Port Vila on 13 April. The community has planned to erect 2 structures to begin the rebuilding process but face challenge in locating building materials.