NDMO Vanuatu TC Donna Situation Report No. 6, 12 May 2017


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 cyclone.

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. Tropical Cyclone Donna is now well clear of the Vanuatu region and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued the all clear on the 9th May 2017.

Attached is a map which shows the total rainfall amounts during the 01 – 10 May 2017.

Current Situation

With support from France, Australia and New Zealand (FRANZ), the NDMO has arranged the following flights to support response & relief activities:

Reconnaissance Flight
An aircraft departed Port Vila at 8.00am this morning (12/05/17) to undertake reconnaissance of Santo (Sanma Province) and Malakula (Malampa Province).

There is a photographer onboard to capture images and recordings which will be provided to the NEOC on return for assessment.

Assessment Team Flight
A team of 8 personnel departed Port Vila today (12/05/17) for 3 days to Santo and Torres to undertake assessments and gather information. The team consisted of representatives from NDMO, Vanuatu Police Force, Red Cross, Gender & Protection Cluster, Food Security Cluster, Shelter Cluster and Water Sanitation Hygiene Cluster. The team is due to return to Port Vila on Sunday.

Relief Supply
Flight An aircraft departed Santo today (12/05/17) carrying relief supplies including jerry cans, seeds, shelter kits, petrol and oil. These items will be delivered to Torres which will be distributed by the WASH team with the Area Secretary Council. A helicopter has also been arranged to assist with the transportation of personnel and relief supplies to surrounding islands.

The flight scheduled on Sunday (14/05/15) to collect the returning assessment team members will also transported relief supplies to Torres which will include tents for schools, educational materials and fishing gear.

The information obtained by the assessment team will be used by the NDMO on Monday (15/05/17) to draft a ‘phase 2’ relief plan. This plan will be presented to clusters and partner agencies on Tuesday (16/05/17) at the Inter Agency Meeting. The plan will outline what support/relief supplies is needed so that clusters and partner agencies can consider how they can help.

Clusters are continuing to make initial remote assessments, preparing response plans and gathering information on available resources for response. This information should also be shared with the NEOC.

The NDMO is also considering the need for a long-term recovery plan for community infrastructure (such as schools) damaged during Tropical Cyclone Donna.