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11 Dec 2014 description

When it comes to disasters, climate change and the environment, the Solomon Islands is one of the South Pacific’s most vulnerable countries.

Bridges, schools, clinics, hospitals, fisheries, footpaths and roads, water supplies, sea walls, office complexes, and crops are just a few examples of infrastructure and development subject to risk.

To help combat this, a Risk Resilient Development Toolkit is being developed to help decision-makers factor risk into their planning.

05 Dec 2014 description

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is taking a lead role in driving these initiatives.

A three-day forum attracted representatives from government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), agency, and other partnering groups to address these issues, and discuss ways to help communities become less vulnerable.

20 Nov 2014 description
report World Vision

For the children of Ghavaga Kindergarten in Guadalcanal Plains, having new sanitation facilities is a first step towards a healthy physical learning environment benefiting a child’s learning and health. Last week, some 75 children and their teacher’s received two toilets, with an additional four for their community.

“This is really a big achievement for the school and our little children as water and sanitation is one of our priority development plans for the school for the next three years,” said Alice Bunia, a kindy teacher at Ghavaga Kindergarten.

31 Oct 2014 description

The Solomon Islands is set to have a one-stop-shop database of maps and relevant information that shows decision-makers where risks like flooding, erosion and landslides are high.

From the data collected so far, staff in the Solomon Islands' Ministry of Environment Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) have observed that flooding in the Solomon Islands has been getting worse over the past few years.

22 Oct 2014 description

Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.

Solomons still recovering from April floods (Credit: ABC)

22 people were killed and 9,000 left homeless when flash flooding swept Honiara and Guadalcanal Plains in April.

Since then, World Vision has been working on the recovery effort and is nearing the end of its work to fully restore water supply and sanitation.

10 Oct 2014 description

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued a Flood All-Clear statement on Tuesday night.

“We have advised no further threat exists and it is now safe for people in the affected areas to move around,” NDMO chair Dr Melchoir Mataki said.

“We would like to see those living in evacuation centres or other safe areas, who can safely do so, return to their homes.

“We will assess their needs from their homes and do all we can to assist them.

“We offer our deepest sympathies to those families affected by this tragedy.

09 Oct 2014 description

by George Herming

A two days workshop on the “lessons learned” following the April Floods in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal is underway in Honiara.

The workshop brings together a diverse group of people and organizations who have been involved in and still involved in the disaster management operations of the April Floods.

Workshop participants were drawn from a range of stakeholders including Government Agencies, the Donor Community, International Humanitarian Agencies and NGOs.

03 Oct 2014 description

Farmers who lost crops and livestock during April’s flash floods are beginning to receive assistance under one of several different programs.

Those who need the most help are being prioritized, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).

Over the long term, MAL will try and help everyone whose livelihoods were damaged or destroyed.

“Right now we want to make sure the worst-affected farmers receive the assistance that will help them the most,” MAL Extension Services Director Michael Ho’ota said.

26 Sep 2014 description

Three more people have died from measles in Solomon Islands bringing the death toll from the outbreak to six, with 2300 cases reported so far.

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23 Sep 2014 description
report AlertNet

Author: Dana MacLean

AVUAVU, Solomon Islands (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An abandoned airstrip overgrown with weeds marks the entrance to this village of 400 people on Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands. Since January, it has been home to the Solomon’s first automatic weather station, a device that may help the Pacific archipelago nation bear up to climate change.

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19 Sep 2014 description

19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

19 Sep 2014 description

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Moses Virivolomo, and the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, inspected the completed flood repairs in West Guadalcanal on Thursday 18 September 2014.

Bridge approaches and other crossings on the West Guadalcanal Highway were washed out during the floods in April, cutting access to Honiara for thousands of people between Kakambona and Lambi.

18 Sep 2014 description

Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.

HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education, medical and flood relief supplies from the capital Honiara to coastal communities in need. Labuan headed north and east to Tulaghi and Auki, with her sister ship Tarakan heading south to Guadalcanal’s very remote Weather Coast.

Commanding Officer of Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, said the landing craft were ideally suited to the task.

17 Sep 2014 description

Many Temotu communities affected by the February 2013 tsunami are on their way back to normalcy, thanks to the resilience of communities and some assistance from various organisations.

Restored food gardens, temporary shelters, and some new livelihood opportunities are among the signs of recovery, one year and a half on from the disaster.

"It’s the local people here who take the initiative to make these programs work at a village level,” said Temotu Premier Fr. Charles Brown Beu.

15 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

HONIARA, 15 September 2014 - Following efforts by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and other partners to accelerate a nation- wide measles campaign, UNICEF this week air lifted to Honiara a total of 50,000 doses of Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccines with diluents worth $277,970 SBD ($38,000 USD). This is in addition to the 65,000 MR doses shipped in August. Another 200,000 MR vaccines are scheduled to arrive by next week.

04 Sep 2014 description

People residing in flood-risk areas have been advised to take precaution and observe disaster safety measures in wake of the current rainy weather.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued a Heavy Rain Alert this morning which is in force for all Provinces in the country.

The situation was caused by a depression which lies over the Solomon Islands and links to a low pressure system located to the southwest of Choiseul Island and slowly moving in a westerly direction.

01 Sep 2014 description

Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

01 Sep 2014 description

The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.

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29 Aug 2014 description

Housing plans to assist disaster-affected people have been developed, and are awaiting approval and financial support from the government.

A budget submission seeking funds for housing repairs and reconstruction in Honiara, Guadalcanal and repatriation areas had been submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

The submission also includes permanent housing reconstruction for Temotu communities affected by the 2013 tsunami and earthquake.

26 Aug 2014 description
report World Vision

Rolland Gito - Rara is a remote community in Solomon Islands where basic health services are limited leaving women and children especially vulnerable to disease and injury. World Vision is working with communities in south Malaita province to adopt improved health and nutritional practices in order to protect the health of women and children.

Rebecca Supa’au, 30, a village health volunteer, spends time with women in the village raising awareness on healthy diet, good hygiene practices, antenatal checks and having a clean environment.