Nearly a month since the Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, WFP and Government emergency food packages have reached all 22 affected islands.
Approximately 1,000mt of commodities such as rice, canned fish and meat and noodles, have been delivered, including 200 mt of rice and 38 mt of highenergy biscuits from WFP. Distributions have been completed in 18 islands and are underway in the remaining four.
From 23-27 March, WFP's food security experts visited the affected areas to assess the impact of Cyclone Pam. Findings indicate that until harvest begins in midJune, residents in Tanna, Erromango and the Shepherd Islands, who suffered the most damage to crops and livestock, will face serious food shortages for the coming 2-3 months.
WFP’s 2.5 month Emergency Operation (EMOP) was launched on 3 April and is due to end on 20 June 2015. The EMOP targets 57,300 beneficiaries (33,000 women and children under 5), in the priority islands of Malampa, Shefa and Tafea Provinces, as confirmed by WFP’s VAM assessment and Government findings.
The Government, WFP and the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) have finalized procurement arrangements to cater for the second wave of Government food distributions, which will coincide with the first wave of WFP’s EMOP food distribution.
Under the coordination of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), cluster teams are conducting further assessments to quantify damage and advise on response activities. Information collected will be used to recalibrate and revise humanitarian response planning.
As part of the first round of the Government-led emergency food rations, WFP is providing rice for approximately 40,000 people (23,000 women and children under 5) in Malampa, Shefa and Tafea Provinces. WFP is also providing high-energy biscuits to more than 38,000 people in 9 islands in Shefa and Tafea regions, where communities have insufficient water to adequately prepare food.
WFP is currently working out distribution and monitoring arrangements with partners to facilitate the first wave of food distributions under the EMOP.