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13 Oct 2015 description

In this issue you will find the following articles:

· Welcome to new staff

· SPC supports response to TC Pam in Vanuatu

· Federated States of Micronesia reviews management lessons from typhoons disaster risk

· New Pacific fire reduction strategy developed at the Pacific Islands Fire and Emergency Service Association meeting

· Pacific Islands at the World Conference for DRR in Japan

· New tools to increase resilience of Pacific Island countries to natural disasters

12 Oct 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Guam

  • Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, Tonga

Other updates


  • Tuvalu: Seven samples sent to the Institut Lois Malarde, French Polynesia have tested RT-PCR positive for Chikungunya.

  • As of 27 September 2015; there have been 1317 cases since February 2015 in Marshall Islands. There were 3 cases for the month of September. The number of cases is decreasing.


05 Oct 2015 description

Advocate: meaningless gesture given threat of violence

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, October 5, 2015) – Asylum seekers on Nauru are to be allowed to move freely around the island from today.

Nauru's Department of Justice and Border Control posted a notice on Friday saying Open Centre arrangements at the asylum seeker detention centre would be expanded to allow asylum seekers freedom of movement 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

05 Oct 2015 description
report Government of Japan

Press Release #1510-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 5, 2015

[FSM Embassy, Japan] - Following the Emergency Declaration of Chuuk State and Yap State soon after Super Typhoon Maysak ravaged the western islands of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the FSM Embassy in Tokyo convened traditional supporters and friends at the Embassy to give a briefing on the damages and call for assistance. The Embassy also coordinated with the FSM’s Honorary Consulate Offices in Hokkaido, Kansai, and Kyushu for donation drives in their respective regions.

02 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.

23 Sep 2015 description

SAIPAN, CNMI – Federal aid to Typhoon Soudelor survivors on Saipan has passed $25 million.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved just over $20 million in Individual Assistance to households on the island, and the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $5.9 million in low-interest disaster loans to Saipan homeowners, renters and businesses.

FEMA provides grants while SBA lends money at below-market rates to survivors.

21 Sep 2015 description

The head of the International Organisation for Migration in Federated States of Micronesia says he fears a worsening El Niño could hamper the country's recovery from Typhoon Maysak.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

09 Sep 2015 description

The special needs of outer island communities must be considered in the planning and design of climate change adaptation projects.

That was a clear message stressed by participants at the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Islands States (GCCA: PSIS) project’s ‘lessons learnt’ meeting that recently concluded in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

08 Sep 2015 description

Federated States of Micronesia - Over USD 10 million – the lion’s share from USAID - has been allocated to support some of the most remote and delicate communities on the planet, in the far-flung Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

Typhoon Maysak hit the northern Pacific earlier this year, causing millions of dollars in damage and claiming five lives. As USAID’s primary implementing partner, IOM has delivered emergency food, water, sanitation equipment and shelter materials to the worst-affected areas, and is now embarking on an ambitious reconstruction plan.

07 Sep 2015 description

Kosrae, FSM and Tuvalu were the host for several workshops held in June and July to help mainstream climate change and related disaster risks into policy, decision making and related budgetary processes.

The Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshops under the Pacific Cost Benefit Analysis Initiativefurther enhanced the capacity of Government Officials in Kosrae and Tuvalu to conduct and use CBA's to prepare quality CBA reports to help inform selection and design of 'climate-resilient' projects in food security and infrastructure sectors.

04 Sep 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Typhoon Maysak made landfall at Chuuk lagoon on Sunday 29 March and Ulithi Atoll, Yap on 1 April while neighbouring islands within the two states also experienced strong destructive winds causing widespread damage to infrastructure, shelter and agricultural resources.

04 Sep 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tonga
  • Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other updates


Outbreak ongoing in French Polynesia with two deaths ( one 5 months old and one 7 months old) – rotavirus has been isolated. The weekly number of cases is increasing. As of week ending 30 August, 47% of the cases were in children less than 4 years of age.


02 Sep 2015 description


  • USAID continues to assist typhoon-affected communities

  • IOM provides nearly 690 MT of food assistance in Chuuk and Yap

  • FAO supports agricultural recovery for typhoon-affected households

12 Aug 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand

Other updates


  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.


  • Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).

05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.


Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

26 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.