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19 Feb 2018 description

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific island countries prepare for and respond to disasters. During disasters, the PHT provides support to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities in delivering a fast, effective and appropriate disaster response. Outside of disasters, the PHT works with the Pacific governments and partners to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to enable effective international support to nationally-led disaster response.

16 Feb 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone GITA continued moving south-southwest away from Fiji and Tonga. On 16 February at 0.00 UTC, it was located 230 km south-east of Mare island (New Caledonia) and had maximum sustained winds of 176 km/h.

  • GITA is forecast to weaken and pass approximately 100-150 km south of the islands of Koutoumo and Pins (New Caledonia) on 16 February morning UTC. It might then pass west of Norfolk Island on 18 February and could reach New Zealand on 20 February.

16 Feb 2018 description
report IRIN

A warehouse in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, holds 10 huge shipping containers filled to the brim with discarded goods and rotting food. This is what’s left of the massive piles of donations sent to the South Pacific nation in the aftermath of the most powerful storm to strike the remote island group, nearly three years ago.

In total, Vanuatu received donations that filled 77 large containers after Cyclone Pam ripped through the country in March 2015. Heartfelt offerings perhaps, but unfortunately much of it was unusable.

15 Feb 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone GITA continued moving south-southwest away from Fiji and Tonga. On 15 February at 0.00 UTC, it was located 460 km south-east of Aneityum island (Vanuatu) and had maximum sustained winds of 194 km/h.

  • GITA is forecast to pass approximately 300-350 km south of Tafea group of Islands (Vanuatu) on 15 February and 200-230 km south of New Caledonia on 16 February. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect these areas. Local authorities in New Caledonia have issued a Tropical Cyclone pre-alert.

14 Feb 2018 description

Cyclone Gita strengthens again and heads for Vanuatu and New Caledonia after battering parts of southern Fiji with winds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour.

Cyclone Gita has been upgraded to a category five storm after battering parts of southern Fiji.

Residents on low-lying islands said several homes were flattened and crops were wiped out when the cyclone pounded their villages.

"We were afraid, we were terrified," Noah Sukanasau told the ABC's Pacific Beat program.

13 Feb 2018 description

The situation

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita was initially monitored over the Pacific waters as a Tropical Depression 07F (TD07F) analyzed southeast of Vanuatu. TD07F was later upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Category 1 as it moved South South-East affecting Samoa with heavy rain, causing flooding, and gusty winds of between 39-54 miles per hour from Friday 9 February 2018.

12 Feb 2018 description
infographic Logistics Cluster

The Pacific Unsolicited Bilateral Donations (UBD) project is the first regionally coordinated approach aimed at reducing the number of UBD arrivals during humanitarian and disaster response.

08 Feb 2018 description

08 February 2018, Geneva, Switzerland – Britain´s Science Minister Sam Gyimah today announced the launch of 10 new projects to improve disaster response and tropical disease control using space-based technologies.

07 Feb 2018 description

NADI – Humanitarian responders from six Pacific Island nations came together this week to improve how they prepare for and respond to natural disasters, fine-tuning their leadership and coordination skills. A two-and-a-half-day emergency simulation helped responders learn from each other and master the latest global best practices in emergency food security response.

01 Feb 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week:

Prolonged fever: Republic of Marshall Islands

**Other updates: **

Mumps

  • There is an ongoing mumps outbreak in Vanuatu. As of 30 January 2018 there have been 250 suspected cases since 7 July 2017. For further details please refer to the Situation report posted on 30 January by Ms Wendy William, Vanuatu MoH.

    Maritime disaster

31 Jan 2018 description

GAUA VOLCANO

14°16’0”S 167°30’0”E Summit 2615ft (797m)

Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 2

Volcanic Activity at Gaua shows signs of imminent increase. Its Volcanic Alert Level has moved from Level 1 to Level 2 .

Volcano activity at Gaua is in the level of major unrest state and its Alert Level is now at Level 2. Danger is restricted to visitors approaching the volcanic cone; Risk is around the volcanic cone.

31 Jan 2018 description

ANUA LAVA VOLCANO

13°80’S 167°47’E Summit 3021ft (921m)

Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 1

Volcanic Activity at Vanua Lava continue to show signs of unrest. The Alert Level for this volcano remains at Level 1 .

Volcano activity at Vanua Lava is continuing at the level of unrest state. Its Alert Level remains at Level 1. Danger is restricted to visitors approaching the volcanic cone and the area around the Sulfur River; Risk is around the volcanic cone and the Sulfur River.

30 Jan 2018 description

TANNA VOLCANO 
19°32’0”S 169°26’30”E Summit 1184ft (361m)
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level:** Level 2** 

Yasur volcanic activity is continuing in the major unrest state. Its Alert Level remains at Level 2 .

30 Jan 2018 description

AMBRYM VOLCANO 
16°15’00”S 168°07’00”E Summit Elevation 4377ft (1334m)
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level:** Level 2** 

Volcanic activity at Ambrym is continuing in the major unrest state; Its Alert Level remains at Level 2.

30 Jan 2018 description

AMBAE VOLCANO 
15°24’0”S 167°50’0”E Summit 4908ft (1496m)
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level:** Level 2**

Volcanic activity at Ambae is continuing in the major unrest state; Its Alert Level remains at Level 2 .

The volcanic eruption at Ambae confined inside the Lake Voui is stable. New scientific analyses suggest that there is no imminent risk of increasing activity. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2. The restricted area of risk is now limited within 2 km from the active vent in Lake Voui.

25 Jan 2018 description

There were no syndromes flagged this week

Other updates:

Diarrhoea

• There is an outbreak in Kiribati. As of 22 January 2018 there have been 561 cases of diarrhoea since 7 December 2017. Majority of the cases are less than 4 years of age. There have been two hospitalised cases and no associated deaths. Six out nineteen samples testing rotavirus positive using Rapid Diagnostic Kits. There have been continuous health promotion activities in the affected areas. Source: Ministry of Health & Medical Services.

25 Jan 2018 description

What is the PHPC?

  • The regional Pacific Humanitarian Protection Cluster (PHPC) Support Team is a group of regional and international humanitarian organisations working together to assist Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies.

  • ‘Clusters’ are groups designated by the global Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) covering the main sectors of humanitarian action,such as protection.