Vanuatu - Tropical Cyclone Ivy OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0035
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Vanuatu - Tropical Cyclone Ivy
Occurred: 25-27 February 2004

This situation report is based on information provided by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Vanuatu, through the office of the OCHA Regional Disaster Response Adviser (RDRA) for the Pacific.

Event and Impact

1. From 25 to 27 February, Tropical Cyclone Ivy passed over Vanuatu in the South Pacific with winds of up to 190 kilometres per hour, torrential rains and surging seas, affecting rural communities in the outer islands.

2. An aerial survey confirmed that more than 24,000 people were so far affected in the islands of Maewo, Ambae, Malekula, Ambrym, Paama and Epi. The survey will be conducted further for Tanna, Erromango and the off-shore islands of Efate. One woman was reported dead under a landslide another person injured in the same incident. Due to problems with antennas and other fittings, northern islands have been out of contact since 25 February.

3. Report from US Peace Corps on the island of Maewo indicated that a lot of houses and gardens were damaged. Damage was reported of schools, medical clinics and water supply systems.

Emergency Needs

4. In the above affected islands, the emergency needs are estimated to include tarpaulins, water containers, seeds, and rice. More details will be provided upon further assessment.

National and International Response

5. Provincial Disaster Damage Assessment Team has been mobilized. With the assistance from New Zealand, the Vanuatu Government conducted an aerial survey to the affected outer islands on 28 February.

6. Australia has made available a grant assistance of AUD 50,000 (USD 38,500) to support a helicopter reconnaissance mission to gather more detailed information. In addition, two RAAF Hercules C130 aircraft will arrive in Port Vila today with urgently needed emergency supplies including 2,400 tarpaulins for shelter, 2,600 water containers and 5,200 packets of water purification tablets.

7. France has indicated to support in damage assessment operation by deploying one helicopter. A Navy boat is prepared bound for Port Vila so it can be used for relief supplies distribution.

8. New Zealand has announced relief worth about NZD 70,000 (USD 48,000).

9. Upon request from the Vanuatu Government, OCHA has deployed the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team in the Pacific. The team is arriving in Port Vila on Tuesday 2 March.

10. The office of the OCHA RDRA for the Pacific, based in Fiji, is in close contact with the NDMO and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

11. This situation report, together with information on other ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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