Vanuatu

Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 3 (as of 17 March 2015)

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Highlights

  • Two teams, led by the Government, conducted assessment missions to two islands in the southern province of Tafea.

  • Aerial assessments continued to find severe and widespread damage across the bigger islands of Tanna, Erromango and Efate.

  • The re-establishment of telecommunications remains a priority, together with shelter, water and food.

  • Following significant losses to crops, farmers require support with replanting. Livestock loss will also need to be compensated.

  • More than 3,370 people are sheltering in some 48 evacuation centres in Efate.

  • There is an urgent need for shelter kits, including tarpaulins, with only 1,400 kits in-country and an estimated 12,000 kits and 24,000 tarpaulins needed.

11 Confirmed fatalities

3,370 People in evacuation centres

48 Evacuation centres

Situation Overview

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam has weakened substantially and has been reclassified as an intense tropical cyclone as it moves southeast past New Zealand. It poses no further threat to Vanuatu or the South Pacific.

Two teams, led by the Government, conducted assessment missions to two islands in the southern province of Tafea. The teams were made up of personnel from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team, the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, IFRC and I/NGOs. Their primary goal was to measure the extent of damage caused by TC Pam and to inform response planning.

Military aircraft from Australia and France conducted reconnaissance flights over the most affected northern and southern islands. Aerial assessments found severe and widespread damage across the larger islands of Tanna, Erromango and Efate. Less damage was found on the smaller islands in Vanuatu’s southern region, which include Anatom, Aniwa and Futuna. Unconfirmed observations indicate harbours and airports to be functional. Further aerial assessments will be conducted in the affected area in the coming days. Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) are working to re-establish telecommunication networks in five Provincial Disaster Management Centres. The reestablishment of telecommunications remains a priority together with shelter, water and food.

The death toll issued by the NDMO remains at 11 confirmed fatalities, which is expected to rise as assessments provide a clearer picture of loss of life and damage. While TC Pam affected most of the country, Shefa, Tafea and the eastern parts of Malampa and Penama are emerging as the worst impacted areas. Most of the affected provinces rely on ground water, much of which might be contaminated.

The number of evacuation shelters has increased to 48 on the main island of Efate, with 3,370 people currently sheltering. There is an urgent need for shelter kits, including tarpaulins, with only 1,400 kits in-country and an estimated 12,000 kits and 24,000 tarpaulins needed. IOM is providing additional capacity to Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food aid and logistics support.

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