ASSISTANCE IN VANUATU: Update n°3 - March 16
Monday, March 16th
ASSISTANCE IN VANUATU: Update n°3
(Issue by High Commission of the Republic in New Caledonia)
As part of implementing the mission of disaster assistance following Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, a new coordination meeting was held this morning at the High Commission of the Republic in the presence of these stakeholder; Consular New Zealand, Australia, the Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC), Civil Security and Risk Management Department (DSCRG) and the President of the French Red Cross (Delegation New Caledonia).
As part of the FRANZ Agreement, flights are made by Australia, New Zealand and France to conduct a reconnaissance of the affected areas and set priorities concerning the needs of the affected population in connection with the local authorities.
Thus, two reconnaissance flights were made this morning by maritime patrol aircraft, the Royal Australian Air Force.
This morning a French aircraft (Guardian maritime surveillance aircraft) also conducted a reconnaissance flight. On board, two of the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) boarded in Port Vila and were able to put their knowledge of the territory.
Another French aircraft (CASA) will fly from Air Base 186 Paul Klein in New Caledonia this afternoon and onboard will be:
• Technicians of the Electricity and Water Company of New Caledonia (EEC), which rubbed off a subsidiary in Vanuatu, and 1 ton and a half of freight;
• An expert of the French Red Cross (construction, including sheet metal)
• A specific parts provided by the Office of Post and Telecommunications (OPT), which is essential to the reopening of Vanuatu international airport to civilian flights;
• The Chief of Staff of the Defense Zone, LCL Clement PREAULT (firefighter officer) who will facilitate the coordination of relief actions including with the UN.