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Australia + 1 other
Three contract dengue fever at Nauru detention centre

Australia's Immigration Minister confirms three people at the Nauru detention centre have dengue fever.

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed three people at the government's offshore processing centre on Nauru have dengue fever.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the minister said two asylum seekers and a staff member have contracted the disease.

None of those affected were pregnant women.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Australia sends medical doctors to the Solomons

The Australian Government is sending two Australian doctors, as part of a New Zealand-led medical team, to Solomon Islands to help with the relief effort following the devastating floods that hit the country last week.

A series of powerful earthquakes over the weekend and a localised tsunami further increased the need for support to the Solomons health system.

The Australian Government is providing a $3 million assistance package to the Solomon Islands Government, NGOs and the United Nations, to respond to crisis.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Australia earmarks $7.8m for South Sudan crisis

Report
Sudan Tribune

April 12, 2014 (JUBA) – The Government of Australia has earmarked an additional $7.8 million for South Sudanese communities confronting the dire humanitarian disaster.

Julie Bishop, Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister said the donation brings to $50m, the total aid her country had given the new nation.

The grant, she stressed, would provide life-saving assistance, with $5 million for food and logistics, through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

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Cyclone batters Australia's Great Barrier Reef coast

04/12/2014 06:56 GMT

SYDNEY, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - A tropical cyclone battered Australia's Barrier Reef coast Saturday, knocking out power and phone lines for thousands of people and threatening floods, despite weakening as it headed south towards major tourist resorts.

Tens of thousands of people hunkered down overnight as strong gales and heavy rains lashed the far north, but no casualties or major destruction was reported as cyclone Ita was downgraded to a category one storm.

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Australia + 2 others
Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says refugees will be temporarily resettled on Nauru

Some asylum seekers held in detention on Nauru will be able to temporarily settle on the island if they are found to be refugees.

Some asylum seekers held in detention on Nauru will be able to temporarily resettle on the island if they are found to be refugees.

The Australian Government has offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for asylum seekers intercepted while trying to arrive in Australia by boat.

More than 900 asylum seekers are in detention on Nauru.

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Indonesia + 7 others
Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia

Report
IRIN

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target.

IRIN:

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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World + 2 others
Pacific Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning Program wraps in June

Meteorological acronym for today: CliDE (Climate Data for the Environment) is a Climate Data Management System that provides each country with a central database for climate records.

5 April 2013, Rarotonga Cook Islands - The three year Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning Program funded by the Government of Australia comes to an end in June this year. It consisted of two major components - adaptation; and science.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
AusAID supports Tieng Giang in climate change resilience

Recently, the Australian Agency for International Development and Oxfam provided a fund of over 18 billion VND to coastal communities in the districts of Go Cong Tay and Tan Phu Dong (Tien Giang province) in an effort to raise the capacity to respond to climate change.

Beside material support, the project aims to learn the lesson from project implementation and further help coastal communities of Tien Giang province to increase the resilience and mitigation in disaster risk, implement community-based policies of natural resource management in Tien Giang.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Australia announces $3 million assistance package for Solomon Islands flooding

Today I announce Australia will provide a total package of $3 million to assist Solomon Islanders affected by flooding. This funding will continue to assist the Government of Solomon Islands, NGOs and the United Nations to respond to the immediate needs of people affected by the disaster, as well as supporting early recovery efforts.

I have spoken to Prime Minister Lilo today to confirm Australia’s further offer of support, after my phone call to him last Friday when I conveyed the Australian Government’s condolences for the loss of life and devastation caused by this disaster.

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Solomon Islands + 2 others
Death toll rises to 23 in Solomons floods

04/08/2014 08:08 GMT

HONIARA, April 8, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from flash floods in the Solomon Islands climbed to 23 on Tuesday, officials said, as aid agencies scrambled to distribute supplies to thousands left homeless by the disaster.

Health kits were being handed out to 10,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres in the capital Honiara in a bid to prevent disease outbreaks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

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Philippines + 4 others
8 April 2014: World – Weather Events

PHILIPPINES - Tropical Cyclone PEIPAH

  • On 8 April, at 06.00 UTC, PEIPAH (locally known as DOMENG) was a tropical depression located approx. 500 km east of Mindanao.
  • In the next 24h, it is forecast to continue moving towards Caraga, Eastern Visayas and Bicol Regions, roughly maintaining its intensity. It may approach these areas on 11-12 April.

AUSTRALIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Tropical Cyclone ITA

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Philippines + 2 others
7 April 2014: SW Pacific – Tropical Cyclones

AUSTRALIA: Tropical Cyclone ITA formed in the SW Pacific on 4 April. On 7 April at 06.00 UTC it had a max. sust. wind speed of 84 km/h (called a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone in Australia, equivalent to a Tropical Storm in most other basins) and was located approx. 1 000 km NE of the Australian coasts. (GDACS)

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Fiji + 4 others
World Health Day - Australia combating vector borne diseases in the Pacific

April 7 marks World Health Day. This year, World Health Day draws attention to the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, lyme disease and yellow fever. This year’s theme—‘Small bite, big threat’—indicates the threats posed by mosquitos, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors.

Every year over 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases—more than half the world’s population is at risk.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Australia responds to Solomon Islands flooding

Joint media release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator the Hon David Johnston, Minister for Defence

Today we announce that Australia will provide $250,000 in emergency relief supplies to assist the Government of Solomon Islands respond to the needs of people affected by flooding. This follows a request for assistance from the Government of Solomon Islands today.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
OCHA Flash Update 3: Solomon Islands Flash Floods, 6 April 2014

There are concerns flooded areas and contaminated water supplies will lead to increased risks of infection and outbreaks of water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Infrastructure damage hampers relief efforts in flood-hit Solomon Islands, thousands of people in need

Emergency officials in Solomon Islands are working hard to provide food and shelter for thousands of flood victims, with damage to infrastructure hampering response efforts.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) says police have confirmed nine dead in the disaster, however this toll is expected to rise and conflicts with a death toll of 16 confirmed by a government spokesman and aid agencies in the capital, Honiara.

Flash flooding has swept away entire residential districts and at least 30 people are missing.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Palau + 1 other
Clearing the Pacific on Mine Awareness Day

4 April, 2014

Since the end of World War II, explosive remnants of war have continued to impact on the lives of Pacific islanders. They pose a threat to the lives of people in the region, and are a barrier to development and economic growth.

Today marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action [external link]. While a lot of work still remains to be done to safely clear the Pacific of this ordnance, significant progress has already been made.

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Australia + 1 other
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Government would welcome decision by Cambodia to accept asylum seekers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he would welcome a decision by Cambodia to accept asylum seekers from Australia.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is in Cambodia, where he has held talks with the country's interior minister to follow up on an earlier request for the country to help resettle asylum seekers.

In February, the Cambodian government revealed that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had asked their country to accept some asylum seekers.

Mr Abbott says any cooperation or support Cambodia could provide would be appreciated.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Philippines + 1 other
Ambassador bares Australia’s additional assistance for recovery, reconstruction of Haiyan-hit areas

By: Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 30 (PIA) – The Government of Australia will provide additional assistance for the recovery and reconstruction activities in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

This was disclosed by Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddle who was recently in town accompanied by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman to be updated on the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

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Philippines + 1 other
AusAid allocates $40M for education aid to Eastern Visayas

By: Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 30 (PIA) – Australia through the Australian Aid (AusAid) window is allocating AUS$40 million of the AUS$150-million grant to the Philippine Government for the education assistance in Eastern Visayas.

The financial grant is for the Basic Education Sector Transformation in support to the “K to 12” education program of the government.