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22 Mar 2017 description

Red Cross wants to reach 200,000 in next four years

Honiara, 22 March 2017 - The Solomon Islands Red Cross today launched its Strategic Plan for the next four years, with the aim of reaching 30 per cent of the population by the end of 2020.

The Strategic Plan is the culmination of six months’ work and consultation with staff, members and volunteers, as well as stakeholders and communities.

16 Mar 2017 description

By Corinne Ambler, IFRC

Red Cross staff and volunteers are scaling up efforts to tackle outbreaks of dengue fever which have been confirmed in at least nine Pacific Island Nations. The Solomon Islands has experience the highest number of cases, with more than 10,000 suspected infections since a dengue outbreak was declared in October 2016.

13 Feb 2017 description

The heavy rain has eased in Solomon Islands but has left many farmers devastated.

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13 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, as islands from Papua New Guinea to Samoa experience simultaneous flooding in a "first time" event.

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, causing flooding from Papua New Guinea's east to Samoa.

Parts of the Samoan capital, Apia, have flooded, with authorities advising families living near rivers to move to higher ground.

Mata'afa Keni Lese from the Samoa Observer says it is unusual to see flooding simultaneously across so many parts of the Pacific.

07 Feb 2017 description

Authorities in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, are on alert after a depression hanging over southern Guadalcanal triggered flash flooding in the city.

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06 Feb 2017 description

Provincial governments and aid organisations are still working to provide emergency supplies and assistance to people in Solomon Islands who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

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20 Jan 2017 description

Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are concerned powerful aftershocks will cause more damage to infrastructure already weakened by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

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17 Jan 2017 description

By Simon Nianfop and Corinne Ambler

The Solomon Islands Red Cross has so far reached thousands of people in an awareness campaign aimed at curbing the spread of dengue fever.

An outbreak of dengue was declared in the Solomons on 8 October last year, and so far the total number of suspected cases is almost 7,500, mostly concentrated in Honiara. One person is confirmed to have died from dengue and another death is suspected but unconfirmed.

11 Jan 2017 description

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Solomon Islands early this morning, in an area plagued by tremors since early December.

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05 Jan 2017 description

Cases of diarrhoea and conjunctivitis have increased in quake affected communities in Solomon Islands says the aid agency UNICEF.

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20 Dec 2016 description

Shelter, health and education are the priority areas for authorities responding to recent quakes in Solomon Islands.

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14 Dec 2016 description

Two teams of trained emergency responders from the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society are on the ground in the remote provinces worst hit by Friday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

The teams specialising in water, sanitation and hygiene as well as emergency response, are assessing the needs of affected people in Makira and Malaita provinces and distributing emergency relief items.

13 Dec 2016 description

6:57 am on 13 December 2016

About 7000 people across three provinces are reported to have been affected by the recent earthquakes in the Solomon Islands.

Disaster authorities said around 200 buildings had been destroyed or damaged in the provinces of Makira & Ulawa, Malaita and Guadalcanal.

Among them were 11 schools and a medical clinic.

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12 Dec 2016 description

Disaster officials in Solomon Islands arrived in the provincial capital of the earthquake affected Makira and Ulawa Province this morning {MON} on the police patrol boat and are preparing to travel to affected communities beginning today

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12 Dec 2016 description

World Vision in Solomon Islands says disaster preparedness was key in saving lives after the country was rattled by two powerful earthquakes.

On Friday, a magnitude-7.8 tremor struck off Makira Island, south-east of the capital Honiara, followed by Saturday's magnitude-7.0 quake.

Both quakes triggered tsunami warnings which were lifted a short time later.

Janes Ginting, the director of World Vision in Solomon Islands, said at least 100 houses have been destroyed or damaged, including some which were washed away by waves generated by the initial quake.

10 Dec 2016 description

Disaster officials in Solomon Islands have made an initial assessment that 3,712 people have been affected by a spate of earthquakes over the past two days.

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10 Dec 2016 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 10 December 2016 07:52 GMT

  • Second major tremor in as many days

  • Initial new tsunami alert lifted

  • Government scrambling to send supplies (Recasts; adds comments from Red Cross, World Vision organisations)

SYDNEY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands plans to dispatch emergency supplies to areas affected by a 6.9 magnitude aftershock on Saturday, a day after a much larger tremor triggered a tsunami warning that send hundreds of coastal people fleeing into the hills.

09 Dec 2016 description

An NGO in Solomon Islands is pleased with the disaster preparedness shown by quake affected communities in the Makira and Ulawa Province.

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09 Dec 2016 description
report Save the Children

A powerful 7.7M earthquake has struck just off the coast of the Solomon Islands, causing severe shaking in many parts of the country but the worst of the damage is still unknown.

“It was extremely scary, I’ve never felt anything like this,” said John Lilo, Acting Country Director with Save the Children in the Solomon Islands.

“The shaking lasted for about 15 seconds and I thought our whole house was going to collapse. Thankfully it didn’t and there are few reports of damage here in Honiara.

09 Dec 2016 description

The Solomon Islands government has been told about 3,000 people are affected and 40 houses damaged in Solomon Islands following a 7.8 magnitude quake this morning.

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