March 17, 2015
State of Emergency has been declared in some part of the Republic of Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam caused severe and widespread damage throughout the country.
In response to a request from the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu to the Government of Japan for emergency support, the Japan International Cooperation Agency decided to provide emergency supplies, with a total value of US$170,000 . JICA also dispatched a survey team to assess the situation of the affected areas and the needs for humanitarian assistance. The team departed on March 16.
During the night of March 13, Pam passed east of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. According to local reports, 90 percent of houses may have been damaged in Port Vila. Serious damage has been reported in the north. However, it is expected that there could be even more extensive damage in the south based on the route taken by Pam.
Communications have been disrupted. The central hospital has also been affected, and the damage to central medicine stores and a shortage of medical supplies have been reported.
On March 13, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) decided to dispatch a team from United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC).
On March 14, JICA dispatched one consultant from the Japan Disaster Relief Office as a member of the UNDAC team.
On March 16, a survey team consisting of six members — one from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, three from JICA, one doctor and one nurse — was dispatched to the affected area via Brisbane, Australia.
JICA will also provide 70 tents, 200 tarpaulins and 270 sleeping pads, with a total value of approximately US$170,000.
Updated information will be published on this website as it becomes available.