NDMO Vanuatu TC Donna Situation Report No. 8, 26 May 2017

Situation Report
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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 system.

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.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued the all clear on Tuesday 9 th May 2017.

Current Situation

Relief supplies identified during the rapid/initial damage process have been delivered to the affected areas in Torba (see attachment). This included packaged pre-cooked foods, water, shelter& hygiene kits, seeds and fishing gear. The NEOC is continuing to liaise with the Torres and Sanma Provinces regarding any further immediate needs.

The NDMO is now co-ordinating the Detailed Damage Assessment process to identify longer term needs and recovery activities.

The Sanma Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) organised a multi sectoral team to complete detailed assessments of affected areas. The Commissioner of Police approved the use of the Vanuatu Patrol Boat RVS Turoroa with the support of the Australian Government. The team commenced assessments on Wednesday 24th May 2017 and the RVS Turoroa will transport team members to West Santo.

A multi sectoral team departed Port Vila for Torres on Thursday 25th May on board a charter flight supported by the French Government. Some additional relief supplies were also loaded onto this flight including corn seeds, fishing gear, tarpaulins, chainsaw tools and other supplies. This team will complete detailed assessments of affected areas before returning to Port Vila on Monday 29th May 2017.

All Clusters, Provinces and assessments teams have been requested to submit their reports/findings by COB Tuesday 30th May 2017. The NEOC will use this information to draft a response plan for consideration by the National Disaster Council.

Previous situation reports and operational maps can be accessed using this link: The NEOC is also working with the Tafea Province to freight local produce to Torres kindly donated by the people of Tanna.