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Monaro Volcano on Ambae Island remains at Alert Level 3. A State of Emergency is in place for the Island of Ambae until the 24th October 2017. The island has been evacuated, only some security personnel remain on the island.
Work completed yesterday
Council of Ministers decision main points:
– State of Emergency extended for a further 2 weeks
– NDMO & Penema Provincial Government to prepare a repatriation plan by next Thursday 19th October
Work completed yesterday
MoE establish a working group on psycho-social support for students
Shelter and WASH distributions in Luganville to evacuation centres including blankets, kitchen kits, tarpaulins, solar lights, hygiene kits
WHAT IS THE COUNTRY PREPAREDNESS PACKAGE?
The Ambae Volcano activity still in Level 4. Mass Evacuation off Ambae Island to Santo has been ongoing since Tuesday 29th September 2017. Within the mass evacuation group, few of the displaced population are still choosing to move in with families.
Situation Overview & General Coordination
I am sending the Manaro Volcanic Eruption ground brief Report Number 2 as updates.
PDCCC has convened a meeting yesterday afternoon and continue on the latest updates on volcanic activity given by the VMGD officers, started to develop the logistic and awareness plans.
Tropical Cyclone Donna moved in a westerly direction passing north of the Vanuatu group within 50-100km the Torres islands in Torba Province as a Category 3 system.
The system continued west, before turning south, gathering strength to become a Category 5 cyclone and passed to the west of Sanma, Malmpa and Shefa. Tropical Cyclone Donna passed about 200km to the west of the islands of Vanuatu. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued the all clear on Tuesday 9th May 2017.
NDMO has been working closely with Area Council Secretaries and partners to ensure affected communities are being supported.
NEOC has remained operational to co-ordinate the response.
Agencies who are deploying personnel and/or supplies need to advise the NEOC.
Damage assessment completed for Torres, yet to be completed for Santo.
NDMO is also reviewing damage assessments from Tropical Cyclone Cook.
We, the Pacific Islands Ministers, gathered in Nadi, Fiji, on 28 October 2015 to deliberate on strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH);
Between March 12 and 14, 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive Category 5 cyclone, with estimated wind speeds of 250km/h and wind gusts that peaked at around 320km/h.
At approximately 11 p.m. local time, the center of the cyclone passed east of Efate Island, which is home to the capital city of Port Vila, and then continued southward, passing just west of Erromango Island and Tanna Island.
The Health and Nutrition Cluster conducted its Lessons Learned Workshop on 21 May 2015. This was held at the WHO Conference Room, and was attended by partners from the Ministry of Health (MoH), technical agencies (SPC, UNICEF, WHO) and NGOs. The Lessons Learned Workshop was chaired by Mr. Viran Tovu (MoH) as the Health and Nutrition Cluster Lead
Nutrition: UNICEF continues to provide urgent nutrition support to treat and prevent deterioration of nutritional status of children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) through delivery of infant and young child feeding support, treatment of severe acute malnutrition and the provision of micronutrients in affected areas.
Nutrition: MoH and UNICEF through Save the Children have officially launched the Micronutrient Powder campaign in Ambrym. Nutrition supplies have been released to the Central Medical Stores for distributed to affected areas. A Severe Acute Malnutrition referral pathway is being maintained, linking at risk children with the child protection cluster.
Health facilities repairs: Tents have been erected on Tongoa and Tongariki islands and a shipment of tents and ancillary equipment has been sent to Tanna Island. Procurement of materials for repairs to Naviso and Utas health centres and other priority sites are ongoing.
The Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) builds on, and replaces, the Flash Appeal launched on 24 March, and is based on the results of the Second Phase Harmonized Needs Assessment. The Government-led Clusters focus their activities on one primary Strategic Objective: meeting the remaining life-saving and protection needs of 158,000 people in 23 islands over the next three months. The emergency response phase will gradually phase out during the timeframe of this plan.
Health facilities repairs: Repairs to 8 prioritized health facilities in Tanna, Maewo, Southeast Ambrym and the Shep herd islands are ongoing. Materials will be delivered this weekend to ‘quick fix’ damaged and non-functioning health facilities in Tongoa and Tongariki islands .
Reactivation of health activities: Procurement of, and arrangement for transportation of equipment, infrastructure and supplies needed to restore health services at 8 priority sites ongoing. Human resource identification to fill vital gaps in service provision (national and international through FMT with specialised care capacity) continues.
Reactivation of health activities: 1 provincial hospital and 2 health centres have been repaired to the extent that vital health services can be provided at an increased level. Temporary infrastructure is currently being mobilized to enable a further 13 critically affected sites to function.