Via ReliefWeb, a UNICEF report: UNICEF Cyclone Pam Humanitarian Situation Report 3, 16 March 2015. Click through to download the PDF. The highlights:
· A state of emergency is in place for Shefa Province, Vanuatu, and is likely to be extended to Tanna, Tafea, Malampa and Penama Provinces as previously inaccessible and incommunicado areas are reached and assessed.
· Communications connectivity is still very limited but plans underway for emergency services and repairs
· At least 34 schools are in use as evacuation centres
· 3,296 people are in evacuation centres (NDMO) but registration confirmation needed (OCHA)
· Water restored to up to 80% of Port Vila but in other areas, waterborne diseases such as diarrhea are a major risk
· Hospitals & supplies incurred serious damage; 2 UNICEF tents set up; supplies arrived and more en route
· Tanna Province reported deaths and massive destruction; aerial assessments carried out on 16 March show destruction of homes, buildings and crops on the Shepherd Islands (NDMO)
· UNICEF, WHO, MoH organised for six teams to be deployed throughout the reachable parts of Port Vila to start measles vaccination on 17 March. Up to 6 additional teams are expected to be trained and start by the end of this week focusing on integrated measles response (e.g. vitamin A distribution, bednets, etc). Santos and PV remain high priorities in terms of measles given the previous number of confirmed and suspected cases.