OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific Situation Reports support the coordination of humanitarian response in an emergency.

OCHA Situation Report

Vanuatu | Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam
Situation Report No. 2 | 16 March 2015


Dear colleagues,

Please find enclosed the link to OCHA Situation Report no. 2 on Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. This report covers the period from 15 to 16 March 2015. The next report will be issued on or around 17 March 2015. 

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Aerial assessments have been carried out by military aircraft from New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Despite reports of severe and widespread damage, Shefa remains the only province declared an emergency at this stage.
  • There are 24 confirmed fatalities, 11 from Tafea, eight from Efate and five from Tanna.
  • 3,300 people are sheltering in 37 evacuation centres in Torba and Penama Provinces, and the main island of Efate.
  • Radio and telephone communication with outer islands is yet to be established.
  • Commercial aircraft have resumed flights to Port Vila despite damage to the airport.
  • The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team arrived in Port Vila today, with three personnel from OCHA’s Regional Office for the Pacific, to support the coordination of incoming humanitarian assistance.

For further information, please contact: 
Elisabeth McLeod, Public Information Officer, OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific, mcleode@un.org, +679 777 7165 (Suva)
Karina Coates, Public Information Officer, OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific, coates@un.org, Mobile: +679 777 1433 (Port Vila).

Additional information is also available on the following websites:
www.unocha.org/rop
https://pht.humanitarianresponse.info
http://reliefweb.int