Update #8 on Vanuatu and on our deployment there

Status of our deployment

Our deployment has been extended until 2300 UTC Sunday.

Our MicroMapping work has ended but volunteers are still mapping data where this will be useful to responders. Like this map of hotels and their status (open/damaged/closed etc) across the country http://arcg.is/1Fk0fw

All our efforts are now focused on building the best information resource we can to assist responding agencies. We can really help speed things up and reduce duplication and waste by pulling all the key information together into a single place. There are 880 line items in our resource right now but we know there is more information out there.

It’s a hard grind now because we already have so much data collated but this is where we potentially add the most value. By hunting out the details that responders will find hardest to locate, we have the chance to save humanitarian agencies the most time.

We tried to give a flavour of how our resources are being used in yesterday’s update which is available on the Ning http://lawrd.co/19GAucv and on the Blog http://lawrd.co/1CFIqHB in case you missed it.

One last push to the line

So many of you have already worked so hard. The finish line is in sight now. We’re asking for one final push to provide the best resource we can to help the international community help the people of Vanuatu.

We still need volunteers and coordinators right up to 2300 UTC Sunday.

There is still work for new volunteers. In fact new volunteers might help bring new perspectives to the task.

If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to do so.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14sqEFVCMWdInrKiWxFVw8XBGiawPt-61bBxjQQ6AwZY/viewform

Feel free to contact any of us direct if you have any questions before signing up.

  • The situation at 1400 UTC 21 March 2015
  • The Government of Vanuatu has prioritised Shelter, Water, Health and Food assistance for the initial emergency response. Transport of relief items to provinces is now underway.
  • The Vanuatu Mobile Force is helping to deliver water on Efate. Clean drinking water remains a critical need.
  • A food assistance program will target 33,365 households (162,000 people) in affected regions.
  • 3,995 people are currently housed in 39 evacuation centres in and around Port Vila.
  • 16 people are now confirmed dead.

http://reliefweb.int/report/vanuatu/tropical-cyclone-pam-situation-report-no-8-20-march-2015

 

This is from a statement issued yesterday by the (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu, Osnat Lubrani

I have been briefed by a UN assessment team that returned today from the islands of Ngona, Pele and Emau, three of the most remote northern islands. Water is a serious problem, with the contamination of water sources a grave health threat, particularly to children. Food stocks are limited as vegetable gardens have been wiped out – a concern for food security and as a source of livelihoods. Several of the health centres and schools have been severely damaged.

 

Despite the devastation, it is clear that preparedness measures taken by the Government, including the use of traditional building materials, community sensitization and well-drilled early warning systems helped reduce the impact of this disaster.

http://reliefweb.int/report/vanuatu/statement-humanitarian-coordinator-vanuatu-osnat-lubrani

Keep in touch

If you’ve got any questions, comments, or suggestions then drop me or anyone in the core team an email or ask in the SBTF general chat room on Skype.

ben@standbytaskforce.com or coreteam@standbytaskforce.com

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