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19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

10 metric tons of food assistance distributed

US$ 0 six months (September-February) net funding requirements

16,766 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • Tropical Storms caused heavy rains and flooding in 79 districts of 14 provinces across Lao PDR. According to the Government, over 80,000 families have been affected. In response, the UN Logistics Cluster, led by WFP, was activated and provided logistics support.

17 Sep 2018 description

Australia is supporting the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

Mangkhut has brought torrential rain and damaging winds to the north of the main island of Luzon, affecting over 5 million people.

Australia is providing $800,000 of humanitarian supplies for the emergency response. This includes sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene and shelter kits for up to 25,000 people in the most affected areas.

These supplies are being distributed by the Philippine Red Cross.

16 Sep 2018 description

Australia is supporting the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

Mangkhut has brought torrential rain and damaging winds to the north of the main island of Luzon, affecting over 5 million people.

Australia is providing $800,000 of humanitarian supplies for the emergency response. This includes sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene and shelter kits for up to 25,000 people in the most affected areas.

These supplies are being distributed by the Philippine Red Cross.

31 Jul 2018 description

In Numbers

-10.6 mt of food assistance distributed

  • US$0 m six months (August 2018 – January 2019) net funding requirements

  • 17,753 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

29 Jul 2018 description

Joint media release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence

The Australian Government is providing humanitarian assistance to support the Government of Lao PDR to respond to the collapse of a dam in Attapeu Province. Our thoughts are with the people of Laos affected by this tragedy.

20 Jul 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2018 – Thousands of students in the Pacific Island of Tonga will be safer from natural disasters thanks to upgraded school buildings, supported by an additional US$14.95 million project approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The funding will extend the Pacific Resilience Program’s support to the government of Tonga in delivering early warning systems, resilient investments, and financial protection against natural disasters.

15 Jun 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

15th June, 2018 Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, the Hon Semisi Sika and other senior government representatives, have surveyed areas of Tongatapu and ‘Eua damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita earlier this year with the Australian Defence Force. Two helicopters from HMAS Adelaide transported Deputy Prime Semisi Sika, Lord Speaker Fakafanua, Disaster Management Minister Poasi Tei and MP for ‘Eua Tevita Lavemaauover the islands to inspect recovery progress from the air.

25 May 2018 description
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Factsheet: Australia's assistance in response to displacement from Rakhine State, Myanmar

Violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar has led to over 693,000 people fleeing over the border to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017. Most of these people arrived with few or no possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid to survive. Almost 60 percent of new arrivals are children.

Australia is working closely with humanitarian partners to provide assistance to displaced people and host communities, both in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

04 May 2018 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government is providing further assistance to address the needs of people affected by humanitarian crises in Myanmar, including in Rakhine and Kachin States.

The UN estimates that over 830,000 people in Myanmar need humanitarian assistance, including approximately 500,000 Rohingya in Rakhine State. The Rohingya community continues to depend on humanitarian assistance to survive as severe restrictions obstruct their access to income and essential services.

14 Apr 2018 description

Joint media release

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP

  • Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

The Australian Government extends its sympathies to the Government of Fiji, and to the people of Fiji who have been affected by the Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni in recent weeks.

09 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, EM-DAT data indicates that 318 natural disasters occurred, affecting 122 countries. The impact of which resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people affected, and US$314 billion in economic damages.

The human impact of natural disasters in 2017 was much lower than the last 10 year average, where events with extremely high mortality occurred, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (225,570 deaths) and the 2008 Nargis Cyclone in Myanmar (138,400 deaths).

05 Apr 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita made landfall in Tonga on 12 February, causing severe damage to the main island of Tongatapu. The cyclone damaged or destroyed almost 2,000 homes, caused the evacuation of over 4,500 people and left more than 80% of homes in Tonga without power.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

26 Mar 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone IRIS formed over the South-West Pacific Ocean, south of Solomon Islands on 24 March. On 26 March at 0.00 UTC, it was located 660 km north-west of Pott island (New Caledonia) and had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h.

23 Mar 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on 12 February, damaging almost 4,000 houses and leaving 60,000 people without power.

Today we announce a $10.5 million package of Australian support to assist Tonga's recovery and reconstruction efforts following the cyclone.

This additional package of assistance will help restore community infrastructure such as schools and water supplies, and support farmers whose crops were devastated.

22 Mar 2018 description

An Australian ministerial visit to Tonga is aiming to see where else Canberra can help the country in the recovery from Cyclone Gita.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

13 Mar 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone LINDA formed over Coral Sea (south of Solomon Island) on 12 March and started moving south, strengthening. On 13 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 500 km north-west of Panan city (Pott island, New Caledonia) and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to move south-west between the eastern coast of Queensland (Australia) and New Caledonia, slightly strengthening.
08 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

Parliaments throughout the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have rallied behind the Tonga Legislative Assembly to ensure that the March sitting for Parliament goes ahead as planned.

The 100-year old Tonga Legislative Assembly chamber was destroyed when Tropical Cyclone Gita, struck Tonga in February. With the destruction of the building, conferencing facilities and other technical equipment that would facilitate debate amongst the Honourable Members were also destroyed.

04 Mar 2018 description
infographic Government of Australia

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Humanitarian relief supplies

  • 7 Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-17 Globemaster flights transported humanitarian relief supplies and technical teams
  • 135 tonnes of humanitarian supplies were provided
  • Emergency shelter tool kits were provided for over 2000 families

Technical teams