Vanuatu 6 months after the cyclone pam

On Friday 13th March 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam (TCP) impacted Vanuatu as a category 5 cyclone causing mass destruction across the nation.

90,000 houses damaged, 63% of rainwater harvesting structures destroyed.

An estimated 188,000 people were affected.

70% of groundwater sources contaminated, and 80% of crops wiped out.

ACT Alliance members, Act for Peace and the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) mobilized immediately, participated in the initial response. The recovery phase of the project started in July 2015.

They have been fully engaged supporting thousands of disaster affected households.

During the first 8 weeks they provided and distributed emergency supplies including WASH materials, water purification units, seeds and farming tools. In the following weeks it was included training, a longer-term food security programming and the roll out of a small grants mechanism for repairs to church evacuation centres.

Challenges

  • The remoteness of the affected communities and implications for response work and resourcing.
  • Coordination with other agencies and clusters.
  • Access to modes of transport for shipping relief items.
Julia Loersch / Act for Peace / ACT

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