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Cyclone Pam: UNICEF flash alert #2

New photos are available for download (Please credit UNICEF): http://uni.cf/1Eh6Z8J

  • Photos from the village of Taunono, Vanuatu, which was completely destroyed in Cyclone Pam
  • Photos of a very young baby (born a week before the cyclone) being immunized

Video is also available, including interviews with survivors on Vanuatu (Please credit UNICEF): http://uni.cf/1Eh6Z8J

KEY UPDATES:

  • Around 82,000 children have been affected by Cyclone Pam – according to new estimates.  More than 3,300 people are sheltering in 48 evacuation centres
  • While waiting for further information, water specialists are operating under the assumption that 60% of the population of Shefa and Tafea provinces, Vanuatu, have been affected by the Cyclone and have no access to drinking water.  This is due to a lack of power to operate the piped water supply, contamination of water sources and the destruction of structures used to harvest rainwater.  Initial localised assessments list the following numbers without access to water – Mataso (400 people), Etas (3000 people), Eratap (1300 people), Salini (200 people), Prima (200 people).
  • Assessments confirm that most schools on the island of Tanna have been seriously damaged
  • Communication and access within and between islands remains a huge challenge.  Aid teams were forced to hike over Tanna to inspect school damage as all roads are impassable
  • UNICEF is providing vital supplies in Vanuatu – including safe drinking water, sanitation and education supplies.
  • UNICEF is also supporting an emergency measles vaccination drive, amid fears of an outbreak.
  • UNICEF is sending emergency supplies to the island nation of Tuvalu, where up to 42% of families in northern islands have had homes, crops and water supplies damaged.  Aid is also being delivered to communities in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati.

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For further information, please contact:
Rose Foley, UNICEF New York, rfoley@unicef.org +1 9173402582
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, nmekki@unicef.org, +1917 209 1804
Alice Clements, UNICEF Vanuatu, aclements@unicef.org, Tel: +678 546 7132 (Please be mindful of time difference)


 

 

 

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