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02 Apr 2015 description

Communication with the remote island of Tikopia in Solomon Islands' Temotu province is difficult at the best of times.

Audio: Help on the way to cyclone-affected Tikopia (Credit: ABC)

As a result little has been known about how the islanders fared following the impact of Cyclone Pam nearly a month ago.

30 Mar 2015 description

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.

26 Mar 2015 description

World Vision has begun preparing relief items to distribute to families affected by Cyclone Pam in Solomon Islands.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

20 Mar 2015 description

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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13 Mar 2015 description

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.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

06 Mar 2015 description

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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.

04 Mar 2015 description

(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.

06 Feb 2015 description

The Solomon Islands secretary for health says the new government has made a commitment to relocating the National Referral Hospital.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

05 Feb 2015 description

Health authorities in Solomon Islands are closely monitoring the dengue situation in the country after several suspected cases were recently reported to their surveillance unit in Honiara.

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02 Feb 2015 description

The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.

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30 Jan 2015 description
report World Bank

World Bank Country Director to meet with Government

HONIARA, January 29, 2014 – The Solomon Islands Government today signed agreements with the World Bank for a sustainable fisheries project, funding support for rural poverty alleviation and flood relief, as well as continued economic and fiscal reform.

World Bank Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Franz Drees-Gross signed the agreements with Solomon Islands Minister of Finance Snyder Rini in Honiara.

23 Jan 2015 description

The Solomon Islands cabinet says it is still considering a rehabilitation package for the 2014 April flood victims.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

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.