TC Judy & Kevin

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Summary of TC Judy & TC Kevin

The TC Judy and Kevin Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Report is a Government of Vanuatu publication. It is a documentation of the impact that the two cyclones have had on the people and economy of the Republic of Vanuatu and also the planned recovery plan to transition us back on our development pathway.

The PDNA Report was prepared under the leadership and guidance of Ms. Cherol Ala Lanna, Director General, Office of the Prime Minister; Mr. John Ezra, Director Department of Strategic Planning, Policy and Aid Coordination; and Mr. Peter Korisa, Coordinator, Recovery Operations Centre.

 

Background

Tropical Cyclone Judy (TC Judy) struck the archipelago of Vanuatu on 01 March 2023, making landfall on Efate Island, where the capital city of Port Vila is located. On 03 March, 2023, Vanuatu was hit by Tropical Cyclone Kevin (TC Kevin). Both TC Judy and Kevin were Category 4 cyclones that caused significant damage due to wind, heavy rains, flooding and storm surge.

Early on March 3rd Vanuatu was also affected by two earthquakes, of magnitude 6.5 and 5.4, with the epicenter around 30 km west off the island of Espiritu Santo, although their impact was fortunately not significant.

According to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), a total of 197,388 people (43,623 households) were affected by TC Judy and Kevin, representing approximately 66 percent of the total population. However, more than 80 percent of the population (251,346 people) were affected by cyclone winds of Category 2 to 3. To date, there are no reports of casualties.


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