Meteorologists warn that there is twice the normal likelihood of El Niño developing in 2017.
This operation update details the progress of implementation from 22 February 2016 to 30 April 2017. This update also signifies the need to extend the operation by three months from 31 May 2017 until 31 August 2017 to allow the following key activities to be undertaken:
Shelter and Settlements
To complete the target of 1,200 household on Shelter repair and build back safer in which 64% have been completed.
To complete the targeted 35 demonstration model houses in which 50% have been completed.
Pacific island countries unanimously expressed a strong interest in the continuation of work progressed under technical assistance provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in a meeting that ended in Apia yesterday.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Volcanic activity on Manam Island caused ash fall in Dugulava, on the northeast coast of the island. A Level 3 alert was triggered and 202 households were voluntarily evacuated to mainland Madang. Fuel for boats has been prepositioned on Manam Island as a contingency for a potential escalation of the situation which might trigger the need for additional emergency evacuation. A needs assessment of evacuated households is being conducted by provincial authorities.
200 households evacuated
Tropical Cyclone Ella has passed Fiji's Rotuma island and weakened to a tropical low.
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Tropical Cyclone ELLA continued moving towards the Northern Division of Fiji islands. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect several Fiji islands, Wallis and Futuna and American Samoa over 12-16 May.
Fiji Meteorological Service has issued a Tropical Cyclone Alert for strong winds for the islands of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands. Meteo France New Caledonia reported that a Tropical Cyclone Alert number 2 is in effect for Futuna island (Wallis and Futuna).
The following syndrome has been flagged:
• Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
• New Caledonia: As of 3 May 2017, there have been 3,429 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. Source: Direction des affaires sanitaires et sociales de Nouvelle-Calédonie.
• Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak appears to be slowing down with 2,838 cases as of 4 May 2017, including 147 (5%) hospitalisations (since Nov 2016). The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Vanuatu MoH
Cyclone Ella, currently nearing French island Futuna, is heading west. While Fiji's Metservice says it could strengthen to category three, French meteorologists expect it to weaken.
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Learning from the experience of neighbouring countries was on the agenda at Samoa's National Climate Finance Forum in Apia. Given the increasing climate change financing to the Pacific, there is a need to share experiences and lessons given the varying degrees of readiness that exist in Pacific Island Countries.
A special session on the world's largest dedicated climate fund, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) heard the perspectives from the Cook Islands on accessing the Readiness Fund.
Tropical Cyclone Ella intensified overnight and is now a Category 2 system. As of 6am this morning, it was located near 14 .4 degree South latitude and 176.4 degree West longitude or about 430 km east - northeast of Vanuabalavu or 450km east - northeast of Udu Point . It has a central pressure of 985 HPA and currently moving west at about 12km/hr (about 6knots). Close to its centre , the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 95 km/hr (about 0 knots) with momentary gusts up to 130 km/hr (about knots).
- On 9 May, a new Tropical Cyclone formed over the South-Western Pacific Ocean, South of Samoa and started moving towards Fiji islands.
- Fiji Meteorological Service, as of 10 May at 8.00 UTC, has issued a Tropical Cyclone Alert for the islands of Lau, Lomaivit group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands.
Tonga's northern most island group is in preparing and Fiji police are urging the public to take heed of the weather advisories as Cyclone Ella approaches both countries.
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5pm Tuesday 09 May 2017
Severe Tropical Cyclone Donna is now weakened to Category 3 system with central pressure of 963 HPA and has destructive hurricane force winds estimated at about 80knots close to the centre at 3pm today.
SUVA, 8 May 2017 – No electricity, no problem. Seventy-four solar refrigerators will be distributed to more than 100 health centers in Cyclone Winston affected areas in Fiji, to ensure life-saving vaccines or medicines stay effective even without electricity.
08/05/2017 Suva, Fiji Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26 to 28 April.
The joint FAO/WFP meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by the FAO and WFP Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators.
Fiji’s presidency of COP23 - the ongoing UN climate negotiations - has been the focus of talks in Tokyo between the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kiyoshi Odagawa.
This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2014-15. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework for the aid program.
Chapter 1 reviews progress towards the 10 strategic targets set by the Government to assess the performance of the aid program as a whole. Good progress has been made against the strategic targets.
This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.