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Vanuatu: Earthquake and Cyclones Judy and Kevin

Emergency type
Asset 681
Natural disaster
ETC activation date
ETC deactivation date

Vanuatu declared a state of emergency on 5 March after two cyclones and a magnitude 6.5 earthquake devastated the country in the space of just a few days. Cyclone Judy, a Category 4 severe tropical cyclone, swept through the islands from 28 February to 01 March, damaging buildings, power lines, and other infrastructure across the country. The islands, still reeling from the impact of the storm, were hit with more extreme weather when Cyclone Kevin struck on 03 March, coupled with a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. Power and telecommunications were disrupted in Port Vila, and the full extent of the damages to communications infrastructure across Vanuatu’s 13 islands is being assessed.

Led by the WFP Multi Country Office (MCO) for the Pacific, the ETC delivered ICT support to the government of Vanuatu from 3 March to 22 April 2023. The ETC in the Pacific engaged with the Government of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the Office of the Government Chief Information Office (OGCIO) to assess the situation and mobilise support to meet the ICT needs of the emergency response.

Emergency telecommunications support to the government of Vanuatu's emergency response was phased out with the end of the ETC Officer's mission on 22 April 2023. The ETC in the Pacific continues to engage with partners and the government of Vanuatu authorities on other needs that may arise, such as training and capacity building of staff.


Key Operational Gaps
Asset 881
ICT Infrastructure Assessment
John Dovale
ETC Coordinator
Suva, Fiji
Mufaro Masuka
Global ETC Information Management Officer