Update #5 on Vanuatu and on our deployment there
So many of you have responded to the activation. It is simply amazing to see what you are achieving.
There are over 70 images on the Standby Task Force story map
There are over 600 images on the MicroMapper map
Over 600 lines of data have been added to the information management resource we are collating for responding agencies.
Volunteers from across the globe have donated their time and expertise to create these resources which are being used right now by humanitarian agencies responding in Vanuatu.
Our task is not yet over.
We still need your help
As power is restored to more of the islands and as more people have access to communications, we are getting more information about the situation and how it is affecting the people of Vanuatu.
If you have not yet been able to join the deployment, please consider signing up to help out. Even a few minutes can make a real impact.
Not trained? You can still help
If you have not been through training yet, there are still opportunities to support the creation of the information management document. Coordinators and other volunteers will be there to support you in the Skype chat room.
So please sign up now
The situation at 2030 UTC 18 March 2015
The fate of at least 20 000 people living in the country’s southern islands remains unclear. The impact of Cyclone Pam will be long lasting with the need to rebuild health and infrastructure systems beyond this initial emergency phase. http://www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2015/20150318/en/
Aerial assessments and surveys from Red Cross volunteers in different provinces across Vanuatu report unprecedented damage to crops including banana, cassava, coconuts and vegetables. The food security cluster is estimating that the food situation will become critical within the next two weeks. They are working with the government and logistics cluster so that routes to reach the outer islands are identified.
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.