Tag Archives: Cyclone Pam

Clean up campaign crucial to Vanuatu’s recovery efforts

For two unemployed youths in Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital, the opportunity to find short-term employment came at a time when many homes and property destroyed and lives affected following the devastation left behind by Tropical Cyclone Pam. For two months, Lindes Kalo and Paul Andrew joined 129 people in Port Vila and Tanna, helping to clean up significant quantities of debris in the form of fallen trees and vegetative matter, mixed with smaller volumes of windblown building materials and household goods and wastes. Continue reading

Text messages prepare Vanuatu for drought while recovering from Pam

A text messaging system which helped communities in Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam, is also helping communities to prepare for the next potential drought disaster with the impending El Nino. To help Tropical Cyclone Pam-affected people keep their food supply safe, two separate pre and post-cyclone campaign Text messages were sent to 90,000 people around Vanuatu. Continue reading

We must ensure that El Niño does not have a child’s face

It can be all too easy to think of adverse weather events such as El Niño as simply that – a cyclical warming of Pacific ocean waters that causes varying types of unseasonal weather; rain, flooding and elevated sea levels affecting low-lying atoll nations near the equator, paralysing drought affecting more populous countries in the Pacific south west. In parallel with this, a longer and more intense cyclone season generated by El Niño threatens almost all Pacific countries – a phenomenon expected to last well into 2016. Continue reading

Reeling from the catastrophe of Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu rebuilds with an export strategy for its copra/coconut, cocoa and sandalwood products

UNCTAD and the Ministry of Trade, Industries, Cooperatives, and Ni-Vanuatu Business organized a 2nd National Stakeholder Workshop on Vanuatu’s National Green Export Review (NGER)) to develop recommendations and national action plans aimed at enhancing value-added and export capacity for copra/coconut, cocoa and sandalwood products in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 6-7 August 2015. The meeting was held in the wake of Cyclone Pam which, in March 2015, virtually destroyed the Pacific island archipelago. Continue reading

Food crops being sent to remote islands hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam

Fast-growing vegetable seeds are being sent to some of the most remote parts of the Solomon Islands, which were badly hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam. The seeds – SBD$3,000 worth of fast-growing Chinese cabbages such as pak choi and tsoi sum –  were this month flown to Lata, Temotu’s capital, then shipped to the remote Tikopia and Anuta islands that were badly impacted by the Cyclone. Continue reading

Health services restored on Tanna Island

Health services restored on Tanna IslandThe Ministry of Health of Vanuatu, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, have delivered and installed interim equipment to restore services at damaged health facilities on cyclone-ravaged Tanna Island. Health workers in these areas now have the space and equipment they need to consult and treat patients, Continue reading

Assessing damages of cultural resources by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu from 10 to 14 March 2015, causing widespread damage across the entire country composed of over 80 islands. More than half of the population was directly affected. Shefa and Tafea were the hardest hit provinces. Health facilities, schools and community infrastructure were extensively damaged and destroyed, disrupting daily life and requiring extra expenditures to repair or replace, at a time when incomes have been lost. The Cyclone Pam has heavily affected the livelihoods of people, thus severely limiting their capacities to generate income for their household for the next few months. Continue reading

Young people play important role as peer counselors for psychosocial recovery after Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu UNICEF Pacific/2015/Vlad SokhinYoung people from across Vanuatu are leading peer-to-peer orientation and outreach activities in their communities, supporting recovery efforts following Category 5 tropical Cyclone Pam, which devastated the island nation just over a month ago.  “After any disaster it is critical to ensure that the immediate and basic needs of affected people are met” said Dr Karen Allen, UNICEF Continue reading

Young people play important role as peer counselors for psychosocial recovery after Cyclone Pam

Young people from across Vanuatu are leading peer-to-peer orientation and outreach activities in their communities, supporting recovery efforts following Category 5 tropical Cyclone Pam, which devastated the island nation just over a month ago. “After any disaster it is critical to ensure that the immediate and basic needs of affected people are met” said Dr Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “It is also important to pay close attention to the psychosocial needs of people, following traumatic events such as Cyclone Pam.” Continue reading

UNICEF and Vanuatu Football Federation help children to play and recover from Cyclone Pam

juggling_soccer_ballUNICEF and the Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) through the Just Play programme, are collaborating to use existing networks and sport to assist with emergency relief activities in Vanuatu following the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam that struck Vanuatu four weeks ago. “The work we are doing through this partnership with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and working through Continue reading