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Food security concerns in wake of Solomon Islands floods

Aid groups in Solomon Islands are raising concerns a lack of food security is stopping many flood victims returning home from evacuation centres.

Devastating flash floods earlier this month killed 21 people and left thousands homeless.

Food gardens were also wiped out by the flooding or buried in silt.

CEO of NZ aid group Tear Fund, Ian McInnes, says that's seen a 400 per cent increase in the price of food staples in Honiara.

"There's food in the markets, but not enough, so that elevates the price," he said.

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New Zealand to provide a portable bridge to Solomon Islands across Matanikau bridge

Geraldine Coutts

New Zealand will give a portable bridge to Solomon Islands next month to help ease Honiara's severe traffic congestion.

One of the two bridges across the Matanikau River was severely damaged by the April floods.

A total of 23 people died and 9,000 were made homeless after devastating floods, landslides and strong winds swept parts of the island nation.

The capital has been left with only one bridge to reach the hospital and international airport since the disaster.

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Assessments needed to avoid aid waste after Solomons floods

The Solomon Islands Red Cross has stopped distributing non-food items until an updated assessment of the families affected by the recent floods is available.

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Getting people out of camps main priority in Solomons

Two weeks after floods devastated communities in Solomon Islands, the government and authorities are prioritising the repatriation of flood victims.

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NGO wants support for Solomons' flood affected farmers

Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Friday 18 April 2014

New Zealand NGO is looking for support to help farmers in rural Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands who were put out of business by the flooding two weeks ago.

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Swift restoration of Solomons' flood damaged land vital - NGO

Updated at 7:25 pm on 17 April 2014

The New Zealand based non-government organisation, TEAR Fund, says it is vital farmers in rural Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands get immediate help to start regrowing their crops.

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Voluntary repatriation set to start for Solomons flood victims

Updated at 3:20 pm on 17 April 2014

The NGO World Vision is preparing to repatriate some flood victims in Solomon Islands who say they want to return to their homes.

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Satellite analysis supports damage assessment in Solomon Islands

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16 April 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - Solomon Islands have been dramatically impacted by floods that began in early April and continued for over one week causing 21 deaths and an estimated 52,000 affected across Honiara City and greater Guadalcanal. OCHA reports that over 10 UN agencies are in Honiara to distribute relief supplies and to provide expertise across coordination, protection, health, logistics and water, sanitation and hygiene in a situation made complex by the destruction of infrastructure, the contamination of water and the scarcity of medical supplies.

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Solomons business community reaches out to rural flood victims

The Solomon Islands business community says it is extending help to flood victims on the Guadalcanal plains.

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Funding cut could threaten progress with malaria control

One of Australia's leading malaria experts says the dramatic success in almost eliminating malaria from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands could be jeopardised because future funding is being cut.

In the latest allocation of funding the Global Fund dramatically cut funding for anti-malarial programs in both countries.

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PM applauds NZ government for funding damaged Mataniko bridge

Posted Wed, 2014-04-16 08:52 by George Herming

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo today has applauded the New Zealand Government for its quick response to immediately provide a bailey bridge to replace the damaged old Mataniko Bridge at Chinatown.

Mr. Lilo over the weekend sought New Zealand to assist with the provision of a bailey bridge to replace the old bridge, which was washed away by flash flooding on April 3.

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WHO warns of malnutrition in flood-affected areas in Solomon Islands

Honiara, 15 April 2014- The people affected by the floods in Solomon Islands are at increased risk of acute malnutrition if there is lack of access to appropriate and adequate food, and reduced access to health and nutrition services, warns WHO.

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Recent floods in Solomons put huge strain on food supplies - UNICEF

UNICEF says farmers on Guadalcanal have been severely affected by the recent floods, which is putting a huge strain on food supplies in Solomon Islands.

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Solomon Islands Flooding – UNICEF Responds to Urgent Water and Sanitation Needs

UNICEF is continuing to coordinate its emergency response with partners and the Solomon Islands Government in order to reach the estimated 52,000 people affected by extreme flooding. With water systems still extensively damaged and almost 10,000 people in evacuation centres, UNICEF’s main concern is ensuring people have clean water and adequate sanitation to prevent the potential spread of disease.

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WHO highlights lifesaving health priorities in the aftermath of flash floods in Solomon Islands

Honiara, 14 April 2014- When the massive flood hit a small community in a palm plantation in Guadacanal Province in Solomon Islands, the family of Samson Tokara trooped to the Okea evacuation centre to seek refuge. In the rush to the evacuation, he was not able to bring much of his belongings, but he grabbed the most important people in his life, his wife Jenlin and 2-month old baby Samantha.

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NEOC reports zero damages after quake and tsunami

Posted Mon, 2014-04-14 17:26 by George Herming

The Government’s National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) has reported zero casualties or damages from the magnitude 7.6 quake and tsunami that struck coastal villages of mainland Makira and its surrounding islands on Sunday morning.

The undersea earthquake followed by a tsunami had forced thousands of coastal dwellers in many parts of the country to flee to safety on higher grounds following warnings issued on the National Broadcaster, SIBC on Sunday morning.

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Australia sends medical doctors to the Solomons

The Australian Government is sending two Australian doctors, as part of a New Zealand-led medical team, to Solomon Islands to help with the relief effort following the devastating floods that hit the country last week.

A series of powerful earthquakes over the weekend and a localised tsunami further increased the need for support to the Solomons health system.

The Australian Government is providing a $3 million assistance package to the Solomon Islands Government, NGOs and the United Nations, to respond to crisis.

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NZ health and engineering support to Solomons

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will send health personnel and a Bailey bridge to Solomon Islands to assist with the response to flooding.

“The main hospital in Honiara is stretched after the recent flooding and there is a very serious risk of waterborne disease spreading around the capital,” Mr McCully says.

“We will be deploying two New Zealand health teams, on separate rotations, to assist the local authorities. The teams will consist of up to ten people, including; emergency management doctors and nurses, logisticians and support staff.

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Solomons flood victims 'terrified' after quakes

04/14/2014 07:26 GMT

by Dorothy Wickham

HONIARA, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - A series of powerful earthquakes off the Solomon Islands sparked panic in evacuation centres filled with victims of an earlier flood but apparently caused no serious damage, aid workers said Monday.

A 7.6-magnitude quake woke residents in the flood-hit capital Honiara early Sunday, followed soon after by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock, then a tremor close to midnight that measured 7.5, according to the US Geological Survey.

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OCHA to take co-ordinating role in Solomons

The quakes have come as Solomon Islands continue to deal with the aftermath of flash flooding which killed at least 21 people.

The UN's Resident Coordinator for Solomon Islands, Osnat Lubrani, says a collaborative relief effort is underway.

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Speaker: Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator for Solomon Islands

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