EMERGENCIES

International governments fail on strong disaster risk reduction agreement

19 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Despite an impassioned plea from the President of Vanuatu at the Disaster Risk Reduction world conference in Japan earlier this week, international governments  last night adopted a framework that is not up to the task of dealing with the increasing risk of disasters to the world’s poor. Among the agreement’s shortcomings is the failure to agree concrete […]

Aid to begin reaching Vanuatu’s devastated outer islands today as food shortages loom

18 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Aid should today begin to reach the hard hit southern Vanuatu islands of Tanna and Erromango, which both took the full force of the 250kmh Cyclone Pam, after rapid assessments of the islands showed absolute devastation with entire villages destroyed. The rapid assessments of Vanuatu’s outer islands carried out yesterday reported that many villages on […]

Assessment teams reach Tanna and Erromango islands in Vanuatu

17 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Two rapid assessment teams have arrived in the two small southern Vanuatu islands hit hardest by Cyclone Pam to rapidly assess exactly what survivors of the disaster need. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collett van Rooyen, said one team was now in Tanna and another team was in Erromango with both due back to Port […]

Grave fears for Vanuatu’s outer islands

17 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

As the death toll from Cyclone Pam begins to rise reports are now coming out of the small southern Vanuatu island of Tanna that there is almost no food or clean water and very little medical assistance for the 30,000 people who live there. Tanna, which took the full force of the 250kmh Cyclone Pam, […]

Disease the second emergency for Vanuatu without clean water

16 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Vanuatu could face a second emergency with waterborne disease a real risk if the need for clean water, sanitation and hygiene is not met, Oxfam said today. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collett van Rooyen, said a lack of enough clean water, temporary toilets, water purification tablets and hygiene kits needed to be […]

Scale of Humanitarian Crisis in Vanuatu becoming clearer

16 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

More Oxfam Humanitarian Emergency responders are flying to Vanuatu this morning on an Australian Government plane, as the unconfirmed death toll in the small archipelago begins to climb and worse than worst case scenario unfolds. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collet van Rooyen, said the situation in Vanuatu was increasingly grim. “There are more than 100,000 […]

Hospital, morgue and schools all damaged by Cyclone Pam as help begins to arrive

15 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam’s 10 person team in Vanuatu is reporting damage to major infrastructure like the hospital, the morgue and schools as the picture of complete devastation in Vanuatu now begins to unfold. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collet van Rooyen, said the damage to things as important as the morgue, the hospital and schools could create major […]

Humanitarian crisis in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam

15 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Up to 90 per cent of housing in Vanuatu’s capital is reported to have been seriously damaged by Cyclone Pam, with still no information from the extremely vulnerable outer islands which are home to 33,000 people. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collet van Rooyen said today while six deaths have been confirmed this number is likely […]

Stories of devastation from Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam

14 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Stories of complete devastation are beginning to come out of Vanuatu in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Pam.

Cyclone Pam now tearing through Vanuatu

13 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam is now preparing to respond to Cyclone Pam as it begins to tear through Vanuatu, after it unexpectedly veered west at the last minute, placing a number of Vanuatu’s islands directly in the eye of the devastating storm.