The situation in flood-affected parts of the Western and Central Division has largely returned to normal for the majority of people. However, there remain several concerns and priority areas, particularly in the area of early recovery:
- Post flood assessments point to extensive disruption of livelihoods, particularly through a loss of income and productive assets in the Western Division.
- Damage to infrastructure, including to schools, water and sanitation facilities remains a concern, particularly in rural areas.
- Preliminary food security assessment findings indicate that vulnerable groups are still facing food security problems.
At the height of the flood, there were 15,000 people in evacuation centres. This number slowly decreased as the flood subsided and there are no longer any people in evacuation centres as of 30 April.
Recent assessments identified 43 houses completely destroyed, however, the figure is likely to be higher when taking into consideration homes destroyed in informal settlements.
A clear overview of needs in many areas is still lacking as information flow remains slow. Cabinet established a Disaster Rehabilitation Taskforce to guide the short to long term recovery and rehabilitation process. The Pacific Humanitarian Team has developed a Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) to assist in the response and recovery efforts. An Early Recovery Coordinator has started work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who will be supporting the recovery process.