ETC Pacific SitReps on Cyclone Harold will be distributed in line with the evolving situation on the ground.
The ETC in the Pacific has been allocated US$199,262 from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the response to Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu.
The connectivity solution created by the ETC, Crisis Connectivity Charter (CCC) signatory Intelsat and regional satellite partners has been prepared for deployment to three key sites in Vanuatu to set up connectivity services for humanitarians and affected communities.
In Fiji, CCC signatory Inmarsat is supporting the ETC by providing government assessment and response teams with satellite capacity.
Between 1-9 April, Cyclone Harold tore through the Pacific, causing widespread destruction in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga. At its peak, the cyclone reached severe category 5 as it made landfall in Vanuatu where it became the second strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit the country. The cyclone caused extensive damage across large parts of Vanuatu – including to communications networks, broadcast radio and television infrastructure and power on the islands of Santo, Malekula, Pentecost, Ambae, Maewo, Ambrym and Epi. In Fiji, Cyclone Harold caused extreme flooding, power outages and severed communication links across the largest island of Viti Levu, the Southern Lau group and Kadavu island.
At the same time, most Pacific Island Countries are in states of emergency as they respond to COVID-19 and have enforced travel restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.