Situation in Numbers
Date: 15 March 2015
Vanuatu: At least 60,000 children could be at risk across the country
Hundreds of children also affected in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Kiribati: 45% of population of Tuvalu affected.
Immediate needs estimated at USD 3 million for maternal and child health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, protection and communication.
Highlights Vanuatu Situation in Numbers
A State of Emergency has been declared for Shefa Province, Vanuatu, and is likely to be extended to Tafea and other Provinces as damage and needs become known.
Cyclone Pam has now moved across Tafea Province and entered the maritime area of New Caledonia, heading towards New Zealand to the south.
Communications connectivity is very limited, making it hard to get reliable information. A major concern is damages to hospitals and health centres, including to their electricity and water supply.
All children are out of school and schools are being used as evacuation centres: with confirmation of 28 in Efate where the capital, Port Vila is located and six in Torba and Penama. There are 2,020 evacuees to date, according to the National Disaster Management Office.
Action has been taken to relocate the homeless and provide assistance to people living in evacuation centres.
Airlifts from New Zealand and Australia have landed with emergency supplies that are being distributed. UNICEF is distributing pre-positioned emergency supplies and shipping in more supplies, including from Fiji, to Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands.