REACH is deployed to Vanuatu to support the Shelter Cluster response in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam

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In the framework of REACH partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC), two members of the REACH team have been deployed to Vanuatu to support the Shelter Cluster response in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu consists of 83 main islands (63 of them are permanently inhabited) that are divided in 6 provinces (Torba, Sanma, Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea) and spread out in a Y-shape form beginning with Hiu Island in the north to Mathew and Hunter islands in the south[1]. As of 2015, its population is estimated to be more than 270,000 inhabitants[2].

Vanuatu was struck by Cyclone Pam, an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone, on the evening of March 13th at around 11p.m. local time. It affected an estimated 166,000 people on 22 islands. According to primary assessments, 110,000 people are currently in need of clean drinking water and 75,000 are in need of emergency shelter. Moreover, up to 96 % of crops destroyed, leaving people with no alternative food stocks[3].

REACH will be facilitating a Shelter Cluster assessment, in coordination with the Government of Vanuatu as well as other humanitarian actors.

[1] Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO), Demographic and Health Survey, 2013

[2] Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) Website, http://www.vnso.gov.vu/ 

[3] UNOCHA and National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Flash Appeal Emergency Response Plan for Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Pam March-June 2015, 2015