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Five ways to support locally led disaster response in the Pacific during COVID-19


The Pacific region has been responding to a double disaster. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Harold struck the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga. The Category 5 storm caused significant damage and destruction across the four affected countries.This summary outlines how humanitarian actors can support locally led responses to TC Harold. It summarises lessons from previous responses, findings from localisation research in the Pacific, and emerging thinking about locally led responses in the context of COVID-19.