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11 Feb 2016 description

Climate forecasters are predicting below normal rainfall levels for several Pacific Island nations over the next three months on top of an already unusually dry period.

New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) says New Caledonia and Vanuatu, which have recently experienced well below normal rainfall levels in some areas, will continue to experience below normal levels.

In what might be a slight reprieve for Papua New Guinea, which has borne the brunt of El Niño, the forecast is for normal or below normal rainfall.

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

29 Jan 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 24-30 January 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Ebola virus disease and MERS.

26 Jan 2016 description

• Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis.

• Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days. The disease has similar clinical signs to dengue, and may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.

25 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Dengue:

13 Jan 2016 description

Depuis plusieurs jours, les communes de Poum et de Ouégoa font face à d'importants incendies de forêt Le président du gouvernement a décidé de déclencher le niveau 2 du plan ORSEC "feux de forêt" (FDF2) ce juur à 14h00.

Retrouvez le communiqué de presse publié par la DSCGR dans son intégralité ci-dessous.

Documents

10 Jan 2016 description
  • On 10 January the ULA became a category 4 Tropical Cyclone with winds surpassing 210 km/h. It is moving in a south-western direction, passing the Vanuatu islands: Aneityum - 95 km and Tanna - 180 km. The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office advises that the RED alert should be still in effect for TAFEA province.

  • Over the next 24 hours, it is expected to weaken to a category 3 Tropical Cyclone moving south direction, drifting away from both Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

10 Jan 2016 description

Déclenchement de l'alerte cyclonique de niveau 1 pour la commune de Maré ce dimanche 10 janvier 2016 à 17h00, le reste de la Nouvelle-Calédonie demeure en préalerte cyclonique

Situation :

A 11h00 locales ce dimanche 10 janvier 2016, le cyclone tropical intense « ULA » était centré par 19.9°S et 171.3°E, soit à environ 380 km dans l’Est Nord-Est de Maré. « ULA » s’est encore renforcé ces dernières heures et sa pression au centre est estimée à 945 hPa. Il se déplace vers l’Ouest Sud-Ouest à environ 15 km/h.

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.

09 Jan 2016 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 358 NM EAST-NORTHEAST OF NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA, HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 06 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED ENHANCED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED SIGNIFICANT INTENSIFICATION WITHIN THE CONVECTIVE CORE OVER THE PAST 6 HOURS WHICH SUPPORTS THE INCREASE IN INTENSITY TO 115 KNOTS. DVORAK INTENSITY ESTIMATES HAVE INCREASED TO T6.0 (115 KNOTS) FROM PGTW AND KNES.

09 Jan 2016 description

Vanuatu's meteorological service has issued a cyclone warning for Tafea province as category three cyclone Ula moves closer to the country.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

09 Jan 2016 description

Le cyclone tropical « ULA » va entrer dans notre zone d’observation météorologique dans la nuit du samedi 9 au dimanche 10 janvier 2016

Situation :

A 11h00 locales ce samedi 9 janvier 2016, le cyclone tropical « ULA » était centré » par 18.5°S et 173.4°E, soit à environ 450 km dans l’Est de Tanna (640 km dans l’Est Nord-Est de Maré). Sa pression au centre est estimée à 970 hPa et il se déplace vers l’Ouest Sud-Ouest à 8 km/h.

Evolution prévue :

09 Jan 2016 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches the southern islands in Vanuatu. On 8 January 2016, 2100UTC (Advisory #20), JTWC reported that Ula is located approximately 476 NM east-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia.

Direct link to the Hazard event: http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=61774

If needed, please register for access to PDC's DisasterAWARE here: http://emops.pdc.org/emops/public/registeruser.jsp

09 Jan 2016 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches the southern islands in Vanuatu. On 8 January 2016, 2100UTC (Advisory #20), JTWC reported that Ula is located approximately 476 NM east-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia.

Direct link to the Hazard event: http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=61774

If needed, please register for access to PDC's DisasterAWARE here: http://emops.pdc.org/emops/public/registeruser.jsp

09 Jan 2016 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches the southern islands in Vanuatu. On 8 January 2016, 2100UTC (Advisory #20), JTWC reported that Ula is located approximately 476 NM east-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia.

Direct link to the Hazard event: http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=61774

If needed, please register for access to PDC's DisasterAWARE here: http://emops.pdc.org/emops/public/registeruser.jsp

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

10 Dec 2015 description

The Southern Province of New Caledonia is to help pay for the rebuilding of a school in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila.

It is giving US$228,000 dollars to the Lycée de Montmartre Catholic school which lost over 50 percent of its buildings during Cyclone Pam in March this year.

Read the full report here.