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18 Jan 2017 description

Coconut farmers in Fiji are being told to get rid of dead trees and decaying vegetation left behind after Cyclone Winston in order to stop the spread of pests.

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18 Jan 2017 description
report UN Women

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work.

Date: 17 January 2017

17 Jan 2017 description

Avant-propos

“La Résolution 46/182 des Nations Unies reste aussi pertinente et fondamentale aujourd’hui qu’en décembre 1991 et les principes d’humanité, de neutralité, indépendance et d’impartialité qu’elle contient continuent de guider une assistance humanitaire stratégique, coordonnée et efficace aux personnes qui en ont besoin”

17 Jan 2017 description

By Seru Nasedra and Corinne Ambler

Remote Koro Island, to the east of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, was one of the worst-hit areas during Tropical Cyclone Winston almost a year ago. Most houses in every village were damaged, with only a handful left standing. Many of the islanders are still living in tents or temporary shelters while others have temporarily relocated to the mainland where other family members live.

Fiji Red Cross has spent the last few months working on Koro, which was hit by both winds and sea surge, resulting in the deaths of six people.

16 Jan 2017 description

Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises

A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.

12 Jan 2017 description

Introduction

The Lessons Learned Portal Project is a recommendation by participants of the February 2015 Expert Forum in Antalya, Turkey, a gathering of more than 90 participants that focused on “Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned about Hydro-meteorological Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate.”

12 Jan 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, Vanuatu · Diarrhoea: Samoa

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands: As of 1 January 2017, there have been 8,007 suspected cases (dengue serotype-2). There is a reduction in the weekly number of cases reported in December which is likely due to fewer sentinel sites reporting.

11 Jan 2017 description

A women's rights advocate in Fiji is urging the government to make sure its proposed disaster policies are in line with the country's national gender policy.

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06 Jan 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Influenza-like illness: Cook Islands, Kiribati

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia

Other updates:

Dengue

· Vanuatu - As of 5 January 2017, there have been 4,011 suspected cases since 11 November 2016. Dengue serotype-2 was confirmed in two samples by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR),New Zealand. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health

Hepatitis A

06 Jan 2017 description

The linkages between climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development needs to be strongly emphasized in order to facilitate an integrated and holistic approach to climate action.

The Protection in the Pacific (ProPa) Network which include national government actors working for Ministries responsible for issues related to gender, human rights and protection from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, supported their national delegations to the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22).

06 Jan 2017 description

By Wendy Everett

The head of Fiji's UN humanitarian affairs office says he is concerned the country's tsunami warning system was not swift or loud enough to alert people after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit 200 kilometres south-west of tourist hub Nadi Wednesday morning.

The quake triggered a tsunami threat for the Pacific country, warning waves as high as a metre could be headed for Fiji's coastlines. The alert was later withdrawn.

05 Jan 2017 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

05 Jan 2017 description

More than 80 Red Cross staff and volunteers from four Pacific countries have benefited from recent Emergency Shelter Kit trainings.

The trainings used both classroom and practical sessions to teach Red Cross responders from Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands how to combine local materials such as bush timber and palm tree leaves with the contents of shelter kits to construct strong, weather-proof shelters.

05 Jan 2017 description

A two-week rehabilitation mission has arrived in Fiji's north to help the area recover from landslides and flooding associated with last month's Tropical Depression.

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05 Jan 2017 description

Thirteen roads in Fiji remain closed after last month's Tropical Depression.

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05 Jan 2017 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 05 Jan 2017.

This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

04 Jan 2017 description

In August 2016, a collaborative decision by members of the Fiji FSL Cluster resulted in the establishment of the FSL Technical Working Group and the development of a multi-agency recovery needs assessment for TC Winston impacted areas (for the four major Divisions) for the purposes of:

  1. provide evidence based analysis of recovery needs in the food security and livelihoods sector

  2. identifying specific groups and/or communities that are/maybe particularly vulnerable

04 Jan 2017 description

Fiji's exports of root crops and vegetables are expected to be affected in the coming weeks as farmers count their losses suffered by flooding during Tropical Depression 04F.

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04 Jan 2017 description

6:48 am on 4 January 2017

The Fiji government has deployed a team to the island of Qamea following the landslides caused by recent Tropical Depression 04F.

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