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Solomons tsunami victims still in shelters

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.

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Australia-Solomon Islands partnership delivers infrastructure repairs in West Guadalcanal

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.

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Navy ships deliver supplies to Solomon Islands

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.

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Temotu, a year and a half after the tsunami

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.

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People urged to take precaution in wake of heavy rain alert

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.

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Measles vaccination to start in Solomons

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.

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Two dead in Solomons from measles

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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Housing plans for disaster-affected around the country awaiting government endorsement

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.

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Improving health of rural communities

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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.

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Australia provides additional $2 million for Solomon Islands flood recovery effort

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, today announced Australia will provide an additional $2 million to assist ongoing recovery efforts following April’s devastating floods in Solomon Islands.

The disaster claimed 23 lives, displaced thousands and inflicted widespread damage to local infrastructure, including critical bridges and roads.

Senator Mason made the announcement while delivering a keynote address to business leaders and Solomon Islands Government ministers at the Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane.

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Solomon Islands atoll desperate for supplies

By Online Editor

10:25 am GMT+12, 21/08/2014, Solomon Islands

A former trade negotiator in Solomon Islands says the people of Sikaiana Atoll in the Malaita Province are desperate for food and medical supplies after five months without a shipping service.

Robert Sisilo says the situation is increasingly urgent and the population of 250 people are without a nurse or teachers.

He says food grown on the island has basically run out and people are pleading with authorities in Honiara to send a boat as quickly as possible.

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Sea-level rise mapping: An eye-opener for a Solomon Islands community

When it comes to understanding climate change, a map can speak a thousand words. That was the case in one village in the Solomon Islands, where a recent training on sea level rise mapping showed community members first-hand some of the changes they can expect to see on their small farms.

The Solomon Islands consists of about 900 islands lying directly in the cyclone zone east of Papua New Guinea. Food security is a chronic issue, with farmers growing subsistence crops like taro, sweet potatoes, cassava and bananas on steeply sloped or low lying small plots.

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ADB Helps Rebuild Flood-Damaged Transport Infrastructure in Solomon Islands

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $15.58 million project to help the Solomon Islands rebuild transport infrastructure damaged by recent flash floods.

The assistance, drawn from ADB’s Disaster Response Facility, will help fund construction of new infrastructure designed to be more resilient against future disasters and other climate threats. ADB’s financing is $13.22 million (half loan, half grant), while the Solomon Islands Government is contributing $2.36 million equivalent.

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National disaster management office applauds resilient families, as 96 more people choose to repatriate

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) applauds those who have taken the initiative to help themselves recover from April’s flooding disaster.

On Thursday 7 August, 96 more people from 17 families approached the NDMO and asked to be repatriated to their chosen place.

The NDMO applauds those many flood-affected people who are choosing to use the help they are given and going forth to rebuild their lives.

Together they are proving just how resilient Solomon Islanders as a people are, despite the high risk of natural disasters our country faces.

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Housing plan proposed for Temotu tsunami-affected

A shelter strategy has been developed to address the housing needs of those affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami disaster.

“The strategy looks at rebuilding and repairing eligible houses that were completely or partially destroyed during last year’s disaster,” said Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Director of Architecture and Building Division Patterson Fakavai.

“It also aims to reduce future risk from earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, flooding and climate change by helping make sure houses are designed to be more disaster-resilient.”

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Flood victims reluctant to leave Solomons capital

A flood victim spokesperson says evacuees relocated by the Solomon Islands government are reluctant to leave the capital city.

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Health ministry responds with free measles vaccination

by George Herming

Given the suspected measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO) remind parents to have their children immunized with the free vaccination available in Solomon Islands.

“Measles is a highly contagious and deadly disease, but can be easily prevented with a vaccine”, said Dr. Lester Ross, Permanent Secretary of MHMS.

“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It is at available at local health clinics in Solomon Islands”, added Dr. Ross.

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Japan delivers radio transmission facility for disaster risk management to Solomon Islands

by George Herming

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to improve Solomon Islands disaster early warning system through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Bradley Tovosia “turned the switch on” after receiving the equipment from Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Mr Kenichi Kimiya at the SIBC Transmission Station at the Henderson International Airport today.

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Honiara, Guadalcanal, declared no longer in state of disaster

The National Disaster Council (NDC) is revoking the state of disaster declared 4 April, as a result of the flash floods, which caused huge and wide spread damages to Properties, livelihoods and loss of human lives.

This was announced at 2pm today by the Honorable Bradley Tovosia: Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology.

The NDC is satisfied there are no longer circumstances that warrant a state of disaster being declared.

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April flash flood recovery plan introduced to development partners

The recovery plan for April’s flash floods has been introduced to development partners in two separate presentations over the last week.

Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination Recovery Coordinator Daniel Rove spoke to representatives from local and international government ministries, non-government organisations, and other donor bodies.

The recovery plan will be nationally owned and contain clear priorities and actions for recovery, particularly those in need of donor and government funding.