Cyclone Raquel is weakening but forecasters are warning flash floods and landslides are still likely for Solomon Islands.
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By Becky Webb, IFRC
Concerns are mounting as tropical cyclone Raquel continues to bear down on the Solomon Islands, with coastal communities already facing heavy rains and gale force winds. An official tropical cyclone watch was announced by the countries’ Meteorological Service at 7.30 am on 1 July and communities are now being warned of the potential for thunderstorms, sea swells and coastal flooding.
(Solomon Islands) - Fast-growing vegetable seeds are being sent to some of the most remote parts of the Solomon Islands, which were badly hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
The seeds – SBD$3,000 worth of fast-growing Chinese cabbages such as pak choi and tsoi sum – were this month flown to Lata, Temotu’s capital, then shipped to the remote Tikopia and Anuta islands that were badly impacted by the Cyclone.
More than 180 people have been killed in the Solomon Islands and over half the population affected in recent years by disasters such as droughts, earthquakes, floods and storms. As recently as 2014, severe flooding killed people and affected more than 50,000.The nation’s capital, Honiara, was worst hit with entire houses washed away and infrastructure damaged.
To address these challenges the Solomon Islands Government is committed to the better integration of climate change and disaster risk management (CCDRM) into broader socio-economic development processes.
• Malaria is a microscopic parasite that can be passed to humans through a mosquito bite.
• The number of mosquitos and spread of malaria are seasonal, and depend on local climate conditions.
• Rainfall plays an important role in creating the conditions that support the spread of malaria.
(Solomon Islands) – Communities in Santa Cruz Island, in the remote Solomon Islands province Temotu, are combining their farming resources to ensure they have enough food during a disaster time.
Eight communities with already-established risk-resilient agricultural training and research plots – known as Knowledge Hubs – are joining forces to create a ‘Super’ Knowledge Hub, to better share risk-resilient food crops and information on climate and disaster resilient agriculture.
Disaster risk reduction is a top priority for Solomon Islands, with a working group developing opportunities to help communities become more resilient.
The national Risk Resilient Development working group has been reactivated to
implement an action plan for how climate change and disaster risk management can be better incorporated into government, community and private sector activities. Until the April 2014 floods, the group had been meeting each month.
Better preparing Solomon Islanders for future disasters, and building resilience, is an important part of recovery planning, the government has recognised.
Risk-resilient recovery planning is now an official function of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC), which last month formally integrated a disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (RCC) into its annual plan.
Submitted by George Herming
A three days workshop which begins on Tuesday this week has highlighted the importance of meteorological services in weather forecasting and climate issues in Solomon Islands.
The workshop was organized by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services which draws participants from a range of government and semi-government organizations who are mostly users of climate services in the country.
The workshop aims to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding to users of climate and weather information in their respective areas of work.
Thirty percent of rural communities in Solomon Islands are in need of clean drinking water.
A program is helping communities find the best water solutions through community partnerships.
Seventy one percent of families now have satisfactory water access through the Rural Development Program.
Submitted by George Herming on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:34
Communities across the Solomon Islands will be better able to construct and maintain their own water systems with the support of 27 newly trained Construction Supervisors from government and non-government organisations in all nine provinces.
It's been a year since flash flooding hit the Solomon Islands capital Honiara, killing 22 people and leaving 9,000 people homeless.
Gardens and livelihoods were destroyed and even today, the recovery process continues.
World Vision's Peter Weston says aid groups are now focusing on teaching locals how to prepare for a disaster.
Presenter: Liam Fox
Speaker: Peter Weston, World Vision quality manager in Solomon Islands
This years World Health Day highlights the need for better access to quality health care particularly for the people in the remote communities of Solomon Islands on the islands far from Honiara.
The country’s 187 nurse aid posts and 102 rural health clinics chronically lack essential equipment and medicine to save mothers and children’s lives, says international humanitarian organisation World Vision.
Communication with the remote island of Tikopia in Solomon Islands' Temotu province is difficult at the best of times.
As a result little has been known about how the islanders fared following the impact of Cyclone Pam nearly a month ago.
Solomon Islands foreign minister, Milner Tozaka has thanked his United Arab Emirates (UAE) counterpart. His Highness sheikh Abdullah bin zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan for the generous contribution of US$200,000 towards assistance to rehabilitate Solomon Islanders from the impact of tropical cyclone Pam.
The assistance was transmitted to Solomon Islands National Disaster Council last week.
Foreign Minister Tozaka said the gesture by UAE demonstrates the strong and firm relations that exist between the two countries.
World Vision has begun preparing relief items to distribute to families affected by Cyclone Pam in Solomon Islands.
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The Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office says it isn't expecting any casualties on the cyclone-stricken islands of Tikopia and Anuta.
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Updated at 8:35 pm on 13 March 2015
Solomon Islands is taking stock of the aftermath of Cyclone Pam with reports of serious damages in the country's eastern province.
Trees and crops have been flattened, with residents sheltering in school buildings and caves as the Category 5 storm destroyed their homes.
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It's been almost a year since flash floods devastated Solomon Islands' capital city Honiara, but work is still going on to repair vital infrastructure like roads and bridges.
In some cases, transport managers have opted for quick fixes to traffic problems, as they wait for major development projects to begin later in the year.
(Solomon Islands) – To help the Solomon Islands Government make well-informed decisions about disaster risk management, decision-makers are receiving tailored training on how to access, use and create risk maps.
Geographic Information System (GIS) maps can show people the areas that are particularly at risk of flooding, rising sea levels, landslides, and other hazards.