Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 6, 18 March 2015

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  • The Vanuatu Government continues to manage and coordinate relief efforts across all affected areas.

  • Joint Rapid Assessments carried out in Tanna, Erromango, Anatom, Futuna,
    Epi, and Emae on 18 March.

  • Australian Defense Force, ADF compiled and issued a national damage assessment in support of coordination

1.0 Situation Overview

The Vanuatu Government continues to manage and coordinate relief efforts. It has issued a directive that all international assistance must be approved before it can be mobilized, and then coordinated through official government channels.

The commitment to coordination aims to ensure needs are identified and responded to in a systematic, efficient way as quickly as possible, avoiding duplication and ensuring that resources are targeted to communities in areas where they are most needed.

The National Disaster Management Office is expanding its coordination structures and systems to provide support to the Government and responding relief agencies. United Nations has set up a Humanitarian Response Page as the central repository of documents generated in support of the coordination effort related to Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The government-led joint initial rapid assessments continued on 18 March, broadening the reach to include islands in Tafea, Penama, Malampa and Shefa Provinces. The information collected will inform further response decisions.
Islands assessed are: Tanna, Erromango, Anatom, Futuna, Epi, and Emae

Results of aerial assessments of Tafea, Penama, Malampa and Shefa were published on 17 March.

The ADF compiled and issued a national damage assessment report based on aerial reconnaissance. It details the impact of the cyclone of housing, infrastructure, communication assets, agriculture, water storage facilities, key public infrastructure and air and sea ports of entry.

A surge team from IOM arrived on 17 March with experts in CCCM (Camp Coordination and Camp Management),
Coordination and Health/Psychosocial Support, with Shelter support arriving on 18 March. The team has been coordinating with the Evacuation Centre Working Group with plans to activate CCCM Cluster as well as participating in the multi-sector assessments of outlying islands. IOM is mobilizing emergency shelter, hygiene/dignity and NFI kits for immediate distribution as assessments are ongoing.