• Tropical Cyclone Harold caused widespread destruction in Vanuatu,
Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga. The cyclone was most destructive in Vanuatu, where approximately 92,300 people, including 24,300 children, live in the worst affected areas. In Pentecost, 90 per cent of houses, public infrastructures and gardens were destroyed. Food crops were seriously affected and water infrastructure damaged.
• The Australian Defense Force (ADF) flew in UNICEF emergency supplies to Fiji and Vanuatu.
• UNICEF is distributing emergency supplies such as WASH kits, integrated emergency health kits, recreational kits, school tents and school-in-a-box kits in Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands.
• UNICEF is assisting the Government of Vanuatu in restoring critical services as water supplies, immunization, neonatal care.
• The response to the cyclone is especially challenging due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, which is hindering the movement of people and supplies.