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07 Jul 2015 description

Anna Salleh
ABC

It would cost billions to replace buildings like houses, schools, airports and power stations, which are currently at risk in the South Pacific from rising seas and other climate-change related events, say researchers.

The article, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change has analysed the vulnerability of 12 Pacific island countries to such hazards.

06 Jul 2015 description

UNESCO and the University of South Pacific (USP) signed a new partnership agreement on 30th June 2015 to implement the Malaysia Funds- in- Trust project on loss and damage from climate change and climate extremes in multi-countries including Samoa, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Timor Leste. Denis Chang Seng, the Natural Science Programme Specialist for the Pacific States said this was a major milestone. It had been challenging to get to this point.

30 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated states of Micronesia
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever:Kiribati, Tonga
  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Other updates

Chikungunya

30 Jun 2015 description

Elevation and Bathymetry

The region is home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in China) at 8,848m, as well as the deepest surveyed point in the oceans,
Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench at 10,911m.

30 Jun 2015 description

OCHA in the Pacific

The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Small, vulnerable island states are isolated by vast expanses of ocean. They experience frequent and intense disasters with disproportionately high economic, social and environmental consequences.

In 1999, OCHA established a Regional Office for the Pacific to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors

29 Jun 2015 description

The Cook Islands Finance Minister says because of climate change, key infrastructure needs to be built with the expectation it will be hit more often and more severely by natural disasters.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

25 Jun 2015 description

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PACIFIC?

Drought

Hight risk of severe drought in PNG,
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Island. The risk of drought is also high for Palau, Northern Marianas and Guam, FSM and Marshall Islands.

Increased rainfall

Above normal rainfall is expected in Kiribati between June and August 2015

Cyclones

16 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
  • Prolonged Fever:Pitcairn Islands, Tonga

Other updates

Chikungunya

14 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Tokelau, Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever:Tonga, Kiribati
  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau

Other updates

Chikungunya

09 Jun 2015 description

The unfolding El Niño event is predicted by climate models to be a major event, possibly one of the strongest ever recorded

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PACIFIC?

Drought

05 Jun 2015 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été identifiés:

• Diarrhée: Tonga
• Syndrome grippal: Samoa américaines, Niue, Tonga
• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga

Autres mises à jour:

Chikungunya

• Une épidémie de chikungunya est en cours aux Îles Cook et aux Îles Marshall. Le nombre hebdomadaire de cas à Kiribati a diminué de manière significative.

• Les îles Cook rapportent un total de 616 cas dont 44 nouveaux cas pour la semaine s’achevant le 31 mai 2015.

• Au 4 juin 2015, les îles Marshall rapportent 629 cas depuis février 2015.

05 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Tonga · Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Niue, Tonga · Prolonged Fever: Tonga Other updates:

Chikungunya

· Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Weekly number of cases in Kiribati has reduced significantly.

· Cook Islands report a total of 616 cases including 44 new cases in the week to 31 May 2015.

· As of 4 June 2015, Marshall Islands reports 629 cases since February 2015.

Dengue

28 May 2015 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été identifiés:

• Fièvre éruptive: Polynésie française, Palau

• Diarrhée: Niue, Tonga

Autres mises à jour:

Chikungunya

• Une épidémie de Chikungunya est en cours aux Îles Cook et aux Îles Marshall. Le nombre hebdomadaire de cas à Kiribati a diminué de manière significative.

• Les îles Cook rapportent 33 cas, pour la semaine s’achevant le 24 mai 2015. Au 27 mai 2015, il y a eu 572 cas depuis novembre 2014.

Dengue

28 May 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau
  • Diarrhoea: Niue, Tonga

Other updates:

Chikungunya

Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Weekly number of cases in Kiribati has reduced significantly.

Cook Islands reports 33 cases, in the week to 24 May 2015. As of 27 May 2015 there have been 572 cases since November 2014.

Dengue