From 9-12 March, Cyclone Lusi struck Vanuatu affecting approximately 20,000 people and causing 8 fatalities. Many families had to be evacuated before and during the cyclone, and 60 people are still displaced and living with host families, while the rest have been able to return home.
In the cyclone’s immediate aftermath, reports came in from across Vanuatu indicating widespread Cyclone Category 1 damage across Northern and Central provinces of Shefa, Sanma, Penama, Malampa and Torba.
The National Emergency Operating Centre (NEOC) managed coordination of the information gathering, initial response and assessment planning. A team of personnel from NDMO, the Police, Shefa Province and the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team (VHT) are continuing to manage the NEOC. NEOC remains in close contact with Provincial authorities including the Secretary Generals (SGs), Area Council Secretaries and Community Disaster and Climate Change Committees (CDCCCs) with the aim to determine the scale and severity of the impact that Cyclone Lusi has had on the population of affected provinces and their infrastructure. NEOC is also leading an inter-cluster coordination of response activities at the national level.