Recovery Operations Underway in Vanuatu; Tropical Cyclone Nathan Makes Landfall in Australia
Food Supplies, Access to Water Identified as Priority Needs
Food, shelter, water, and telecommunications remain priority needs as assessment teams work to determine the extent of damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu on the evening of March 13 (local time) (ECHO). According to recent reports, food supplies in affected areas are running critically low and an estimated 60% of the population in the provinces of Shefa and Tafea do not have access to clean drinking water (ReliefWeb). Initial reports also estimate that 90% of the buildings on the islands of Tongoa, Emae, and Erromango have been damaged. As of March 19, approximately 4,000 people remain in evacuation shelters (OCHA/ReliefWeb).
With relief operations underway, Pacific Disaster Center continues to locate and share the latest information and products from key responding agencies, and to provide an essential common operating picture and decision support system via PDC’s DisasterAWARE EMOPS (Emergency Operations) application for emergency managers and humanitarian assistance practitioners. PDC tools, data and technology are also supporting emergency managers and humanitarian practitioners in the field, and additional data will be integrated as damage and needs assessment are conducted by PDC’s partners.
Tropical Cyclone Nathan Impacting Queensland Coast
Tropical Cyclone Nathan made landfall on the northeast Queensland coast early Fridaymorning (local time) as a Category 4 cyclone, but is weakening as it moves inland (BOM). As of the most recent forecast track map (10AM local time), Nathan’s destructive winds are affecting coastal areas between Coen and Cape Flattery, and officials warn of increased flood risk from heavy rainfall and abnormally high tides. PDC continues to issue monitor this event, as well as issue Situational Awareness products in support of its partners in the region.
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Nathan (South Pacific)
Drought: Namibia, United States (Western), Brazil (Eastern)
Biomedical: West Africa
Severe Weather: Thailand (Northern), Canada (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nunavut), United States (Colorado)
Flood: Afghanistan, United States (Southern), France
Volcano: United States (Hawaii)
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