Vanuatu : Tropical Cyclone Lola Emergency Response Project

Sovereign Project | 57318-001

This project is in response to tropical cyclone (TC) Lola that made a landfall in Vanuatu on 25 October 2023 on the eastern shores of Maewo and Pentecost islands as a category 4 storm, with winds of up to 205 kilometers/hour. TC Lola brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding in low-lying areas and near riverbanks, causing coastal flooding and widespread damage to homes, infrastructure and crops.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Kim, Mary J.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Vanuatu
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Tropical Cyclone Lola Emergency Response Project
Project Number 57318-001
Country / Economy Vanuatu
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0923-VAN: Tropical Cyclone Lola Emergency Response Project
Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund US$ 500,000.00
Operational Priorities OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender No gender elements
Description

This project is in response to tropical cyclone (TC) Lola that made a landfall in Vanuatu on 25 October 2023 on the eastern shores of Maewo and Pentecost islands as a category 4 storm, with winds of up to 205 kilometers/hour. TC Lola brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding in low-lying areas and near riverbanks, causing coastal flooding and widespread damage to homes, infrastructure and crops.

Initial assessments of the cyclone indicate widespread damage and displacement in the northern provinces of Torba, Penama, and Malampa, with most damage on the islands of Ambrym, Maewo, Malekula. and Pentecost. Data are currently being collected from primary sources, with initial rapid assessment teams and aerial photographs expected to provide more information. Preliminary data on wind speed and rainfall suggest that 75 per cent of housing across Pentecost and Maewo islands has been damaged. Landslides, fallen trees, destroyed homes, damaged schools and damaged health facilities have been reported, indicating that access to affected populations will be a challenge.

Approximately 200,000 people were exposed to the effects of TC Lola, with 110,000 people (30,000 households), or about half of Vanuatu's population, directly affected.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy TC Lola has occurred during a period of disasters in close succession. Vanuatu's resources were already strained as previous disaster recovery efforts continue following the impacts of TC Judy, TC Kevin and the two earthquakes within a three-day period in March 2023. Responding to TC Lola is of a scale beyond the government's current capacity to restore life-sustaining services to the affected population in a reasonable time. There is a clear need to supplement government resources with additional support from development partners.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

To alleviate financial resource constraints to meet immediate needs and deliver disaster response where required.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Not relevant

N/A

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Kim, Mary J.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia (PLCO)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 27 Nov 2023 to 27 Nov 2023
MRM -
Approval 06 Dec 2023
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 06 Dec 2023

Grant 0923-VAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Dec 2023 12 Dec 2023 13 Dec 2023 12 Jun 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.50 22 Dec 2023 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Dec 2023 0.50 0.00 100%

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