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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.

Read more on Radio New Zealand

09 Dec 2016 description

By Eric Tlozek and wires

Key points:

  • Earthquake triggered tsunami warnings across the pacific, but PTWC says threat has largely passed

  • Solomon Islands police still have not heard from southern side of island closest to quake There is no risk to Australia's coastlines

Residents in Solomon Islands were hit by powerful aftershocks following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake which struck 130 kilometres from the capital Honiara.

09 Nov 2016 description

By Corinne Ambler (IFRC) and Kennedy Waitara (Solomon Islands Red Cross Society)

The Solomon Islands Red Cross Society is gearing up to support the Solomon Islands government to contain an outbreak of dengue fever, which has already killed one person and thought to have infected more than 1,700 others.

The outbreak was first declared in the capital Honiara on 8 October and then expanded to other provinces on 19 October. Cases have been reported in Honiara city, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Isabel and Choiseul provinces.

03 Nov 2016 description

More than 1,700 cases of dengue fever have been recorded in Solomon Islands, a month since the outbreak was declared.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

28 Oct 2016 description

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health is recalling retired nurses and health workers to try and ease the burden an outbreak of dengue has placed on the national health system.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

22 Sep 2016 description

A joint military exercise in Solomon Islands has so far recovered more than 50 items of unexploded munitions.

Read the story here.

21 Sep 2016 description

The first National Drought Policy Workshop and Consultations hosted by the Government of Solomon Islands was held this month.

The workshop and consultations brought together national stakeholders from sectors in the Solomon Islands together with the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to work towards developing a National Drought Policy for the country.

16 Aug 2016 description

Honiara, Solomon Islands: Six Solomon Islands communities have successfully completed mapping out their climate change adaptation plans for this year until 2018 and beyond.

The plans are a result of an intensive planning process conducted at rural communities in Ferafalu of Manaoba Island in the Malaita Province, Tuwo of Fenualoa Island in the Temotu Province, Santa Catalina in the Makira-Ulawa Province, and provincial towns of Tigoa in the Rennell Bellona Province, Taro in the Choiseul Province and Gizo in the Western Province.

26 Jul 2016 description

The Solomon Islands Government most senior official responsible for the drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is very optimistic that the country will be safe and secure when the Mission concludes in June 2017.

John Wasi, Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary to RAMSI, expressed these sentiments on SIBC’s Talking Truth radio programme last week as the Mission marks its 13th and final anniversary on 24 July before the Mission ends next year.

19 Jul 2016 description

A recent training session on child protection has enabled the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society to look at how it can incorporate measures for the prevention of violence against children across all its activities.

The training, facilitated by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Violence Prevention & Response Advisor, Gurvinder Singh, was attended by 23 staff and volunteers from the Solomon Islands Red Cross, Australian Red Cross and French Red Cross.

16 May 2016 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY EVAN WASUKA ON FRI, 05/13/2016

With the throttle at full tilt, the boat cut through the surf, spraying salt water into the air.

Around me, the unfolding scenery is breathtaking. White sandy beaches, turquoise blue seas, swaying coconut palms – the textbook image of paradise in the South Pacific.

What more could one ask for in paradise?

Water, is what they will tell you. “They” are the people of Nanngu Village on the island of Santa Cruz in the far east of Solomon Islands.

10 May 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Mon, 9 May 2016 21:45 GMT

By Sebastien Malo

NEW YORK, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared due to rising seas and erosion, a discovery thought to be the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific, according to Australian researchers.

Read the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

07 May 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Saturday 5/7/2016 - 06:25 GMT

Five islands have disappeared in the Pacific's Solomon Islands due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study that scientists said Saturday could provide valuable insights for future research.

A further six reef islands have been severely eroded in the remote area of the Solomons, the study said, with one experiencing some 10 houses being swept into the sea between 2011 and 2014.

24 Apr 2016 description

The ADB program in the Solomon Islands has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.

Since Solomon Islands joined ADB in 1973, the country has received over $275 million in loans, grants, and technical assistance. With such a widely dispersed population, the transport sector is a key development priority for Solomon Islands.

18 Apr 2016 description

Miami, United States | AFP | Monday 4/18/2016 - 21:47 GMT

Extreme weather events are expected to strike more often due to climate change, and a study published Monday detailed how a 2014 storm triggered a health crisis on the Solomon Islands.

The report in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine examined the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Ita, which drenched the capital, Honiara, with more than 24 inches (60 centimeters) of rain from April 2-4.

09 Jan 2016 description

Solomon Islands health authorities have confirmed six children have died in an outbreak of diarrhoea that's spread across six provinces and they're warning it's not yet reached its peak.

The outbreak is believed to have begun back in November but has spread across the country during the annual Christmas and New Year travel.

Dr Chris Becha, the Ministry of Health's emergency and operations committee chair, says while they're working to contain the outbreak, it's feared the worst is perhaps not yet over.

Catherine Graue

30 Dec 2015 description

By Navinesh Kumar, IFRC

Nine months since Tropical Cylone Pam swept through the Solomon Islands, the people of Malaita province, situated in the North East of the capital, are still struggling to recover from its impact.

26-year-old Mark Ramotala of the Nineveh community in Malaita, which has a total population of approximately 50 people, said that they are still facing food shortages.

04 Nov 2015 description

Drought-affected communities in the east, west, and south of Solomon Islands are being urged to take steps to adapt to ongoing dry conditions.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

24 Sep 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Thursday 9/24/2015 - 17:35 GMT

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early Friday, US geologists said, but there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warnings were issued.

The quake struck 98 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of the capital Honiara in the early hours of Friday (around 1600 GMT Thursday) at a depth of approximately 23 kilometres (14 miles), USGS said.