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29 Jan 2016 description

60 million PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO IN THE FOUR MOST AFFECTED REGIONS

2.8 million PEOPLE REQUIRE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS

10.2 million PEOPLE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY FOOD IN ETHIOPIA

14 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – EXCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA

El Niño status

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

25 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Dengue:

22 Jan 2016 description
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El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says

Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.

20 Jan 2016 description

Palmerston Island in the Cook Islands has escaped Tropical Cyclone Victor without significant damage.

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18 Jan 2016 description

A tropical cyclone alert has been issued for Niue as cyclone Victor continues to move south between the island and the southern Cook Islands.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International.

18 Jan 2016 description

Cyclone Victor is still causing gale-force winds on Palmerston in the Cook Islands but remains a category three cyclone.

There's an active convergence zone slowly moving around the Cook Islands, with Palmerston to continue to experience winds up to 100 kilometres per hour.

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10 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands, Tonga

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Rotavirus outbreak continues. It appears that nationally the outbreak has plateaued, although case numbers may still be increasing in some provinces. Six deaths (4 children and 2 adults) have been reported to have died of a diarrhoeal illness during the outbreak. These deaths are being investigated to determine which deaths are attributable to the complications of rotavirus gastroenteritis.

31 Dec 2015 description

Residents in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu are cleaning up after gale-force winds and pounding rain uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and reportedly left about 40 homes damaged.

Elsewhere in the South Pacific, other countries are facing extreme weather with the development of category one Cyclone Ula, located on Thursday morning (local time) north of Samoa and moving south-westerly.

Another low pressure system in the North Pacific near Marshall Islands is also threatening to intensify.

27 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Palau Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash

Three cases reported from Palau were diagnosed as varicella zoster.

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Outbreak continues; there is a decrease in the weekly number of cases reported.

Ebola Virus Disease

20 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: New Caledonia

Other updates

Diarrhoea

17 Dec 2015 description
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The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, Tokelau

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Increasing number of cases of diarrhoea in the Solomon Islands. Most of the cases are from Honiara and Guadalcanal in young children aged less than 5 years. A WHO epidemiologist has been deployed to assist with the investigations.

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

08 Dec 2015 description

Executive Summary

Earlier this year, the Cook Islands along with many countries in the world, endorsed the Sendai Framework of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Under this global framework there is a call to “strengthen disaster risk governance to manage risks” as the framework’s fourth priority area.
This study analyses the laws that govern and manage disaster risks in the Cook Islands using the Checklist on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction (the checklist) which was developed jointly by IFRC and UNDP through a global consultation process.

06 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

01 Dec 2015 description

The Cook Islands Meteorological service says tropical cyclone Tuni has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

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22 Nov 2015 description

Week 47, ending 22 November, 2015

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé (ILM), French Polynesia.

Dengue

20 Nov 2015 description

As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.

Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.

The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.

17 Nov 2015 description

Key Points

• A strong El Niño is now in force with some climatologists warning it could rival the 1997/98 event which was the most severe on record.

• In an El Niño year, the cyclone season usually runs longer and features a greater proportion of severe cyclones forming over a larger area.

• Up to 13 Pacific countries could be affected by El Niño-related drought, placing as many as 4.7 million people at risk.