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27 Jul 2015 description

By Mr. Francis Talasasa of the Island Sun in the Solomon Islands

22 July 2015, Nuku’alofa, Tonga -Solomon Islands is the first Pacific island nation to set up a Malaria Early Warning System.

The Director of Solomon Islands Meteorological Service, Mr. David Hiriasi said the Malaria Early Warning System module was introduced on the main island of Guadalcanal.

23 Jul 2015 description

Flowers, songs, banana bread, this is the warm welcome you get arriving on the island of Fenolua in the Solomon Islands. Here, you can experience the untouched, unspoiled beauty of this island country: coral-ringed beaches, rainforest-covered mountains and the stunning sea.

21 Jul 2015 description

By Becky Webb, IFRC

Weeks of heavy rain have deluged the Solomon Islands over the last month, affecting an estimated 10,000 people across the country. The rains, which began at the end of June, intensified in early July with the arrival of cyclone Raquel and the prolonged downpours have blocked many roads and access routes and also affected power and communications lines.

20 Jul 2015 description

The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands says it will be a struggle for many to find food over the next few months, after heavy rain ruined crops.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

14 Jul 2015 description

Honiara – 10th July, 2015. After days of heavy rains in the Solomon Islands, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is warning that thousands of people in remote island communities will require emergency assistance. In Choiseul, Isabel, and Western provinces the severe weather has left many homes and buildings damaged and throughout the country many roads and access routes are also flooded.

12 Jul 2015 description

Day of heavy rain have left thousands of people in remote island communities of Solomon Islands in need of emergency assistance.

Initial reports suggest 10,000 people have been affected by severe weather, although these figures are expected to change once full assessments are completed. Solomon Islands Red Cross has relief stocks ready, including tarpaulins, shelter kits and hygiene items.

10 Jul 2015 description

Solomon Islands journalists received training in climate change and disaster reporting last month learning about the two issues and their impact on one of the biggest industries for the nation - turn fishing.

The training was coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC), Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDMM).

09 Jul 2015 description

A state of disaster has been declared at the tailings dam of the closed Gold Ridge gold mine in Solomon Islands as unseasonal rains continue to fill the dam to dangerously high levels.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

09 Jul 2015 description

The Solomon Islands government is warning of an increased risk of infectious disease outbreaks following recent heavy rain and strong winds associated with Cyclone Raquel.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Jul 2015 description

One person has been confirmed dead and eight people are missing following last week's freak cyclone in Solomon Islands.

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02 Jul 2015 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam is monitoring Tropical Storm Raquel, which has the potential to see a repeat of the type of flash flooding in the Solomon Islands that caused extensive damage to Honiara last year.

Oxfam's Country Director in the Solomon Islands Abimibola Akinyemi said forecasts showed the storm was expected to travel South-South-West from Isabel province, towards Western Province. Tropical cyclone warnings are current for all Solomon Islands Provinces.

02 Jul 2015 description

Cyclone Raquel is weakening but forecasters are warning flash floods and landslides are still likely for Solomon Islands.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

01 Jul 2015 description

By Becky Webb, IFRC

Concerns are mounting as tropical cyclone Raquel continues to bear down on the Solomon Islands, with coastal communities already facing heavy rains and gale force winds. An official tropical cyclone watch was announced by the countries’ Meteorological Service at 7.30 am on 1 July and communities are now being warned of the potential for thunderstorms, sea swells and coastal flooding.

02 Jun 2015 description

(Solomon Islands) - Fast-growing vegetable seeds are being sent to some of the most remote parts of the Solomon Islands, which were badly hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The seeds – SBD$3,000 worth of fast-growing Chinese cabbages such as pak choi and tsoi sum – were this month flown to Lata, Temotu’s capital, then shipped to the remote Tikopia and Anuta islands that were badly impacted by the Cyclone.

28 May 2015 description

More than 180 people have been killed in the Solomon Islands and over half the population affected in recent years by disasters such as droughts, earthquakes, floods and storms. As recently as 2014, severe flooding killed people and affected more than 50,000.The nation’s capital, Honiara, was worst hit with entire houses washed away and infrastructure damaged.

To address these challenges the Solomon Islands Government is committed to the better integration of climate change and disaster risk management (CCDRM) into broader socio-economic development processes.

27 May 2015 description

• Malaria is a microscopic parasite that can be passed to humans through a mosquito bite.

• The number of mosquitos and spread of malaria are seasonal, and depend on local climate conditions.

• Rainfall plays an important role in creating the conditions that support the spread of malaria.

08 May 2015 description

(Solomon Islands) – Communities in Santa Cruz Island, in the remote Solomon Islands province Temotu, are combining their farming resources to ensure they have enough food during a disaster time.

Eight communities with already-established risk-resilient agricultural training and research plots – known as Knowledge Hubs – are joining forces to create a ‘Super’ Knowledge Hub, to better share risk-resilient food crops and information on climate and disaster resilient agriculture.

04 May 2015 description

Disaster risk reduction is a top priority for Solomon Islands, with a working group developing opportunities to help communities become more resilient.

The national Risk Resilient Development working group has been reactivated to
implement an action plan for how climate change and disaster risk management can be better incorporated into government, community and private sector activities. Until the April 2014 floods, the group had been meeting each month.

22 Apr 2015 description

Better preparing Solomon Islanders for future disasters, and building resilience, is an important part of recovery planning, the government has recognised.

Risk-resilient recovery planning is now an official function of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC), which last month formally integrated a disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (RCC) into its annual plan.

21 Apr 2015 description

Submitted by George Herming

A three days workshop which begins on Tuesday this week has highlighted the importance of meteorological services in weather forecasting and climate issues in Solomon Islands.

The workshop was organized by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services which draws participants from a range of government and semi-government organizations who are mostly users of climate services in the country.

The workshop aims to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding to users of climate and weather information in their respective areas of work.