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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

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

25 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Dengue:

22 Jan 2016 description
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El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says

Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.

19 Jan 2016 description

Tropical cyclone Victor has maintained its category-three strength and a tropical cyclone alert remains in force for Niue.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

18 Jan 2016 description

A tropical cyclone alert has been issued for Niue as cyclone Victor continues to move south between the island and the southern Cook Islands.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International.

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.

01 Jan 2016 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 301 NM SOUTHWEST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 12 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTS AN EMBEDDED CENTER FEATURE THAT HAS EVOLVED INTO A WEAK EYE FEATURE. THE CURRENT POSITION IS PLACED WITH GOOD CONFIDENCE BASED ON TIGHTLY CURVED BANDING SEEN IN A 011718Z SSMIS 91GHZ MICROWAVE IMAGE. THE CURRENT INTENSITY HAS DROPPED TO 75 KNOTS BASED ON CURRENT INTENSITY ESTIMATES OF T4.5 (77 KNOTS) FROM PGTW AND KNES.

01 Jan 2016 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 190 NM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 12 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED MULTISPECTRAL SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTS A SLIGHTLY ELONGATED CENTRAL DENSE OVERCAST FEATURE OBSCURING THE LOW LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER. THE CURRENT POSITION IS PLACED WITH FAIR CONFIDENCE BASED ON LOW REFLECTIVITY BANDING SEEN IN A 010623Z SSMIS 91GHZ MICROWAVE IMAGE AND IS SUPPORTED BY AGENCY SATELLITE FIXES.

31 Dec 2015 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 118 NM SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 05 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE CURRENT POSITION IS BASED ON SATELLITE FIXES FROM PGTW AND KNES, WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE. THE INTENSITY OF 90 KNOTS IS CONSISTENT WITH DVORAK T-NUMBER ESTIMATES FROM PGTW AND KNES. TC 06P HAS RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED OVER THE PAST 12 HOURS, SUPPORTED BY LOW VERTICAL WIND SHEAR, STRONG POLEWARD OUTFLOW ALOFT, AND PASSAGE OVER VERY WARM WATER.

31 Dec 2015 description

Residents in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu are cleaning up after gale-force winds and pounding rain uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and reportedly left about 40 homes damaged.

Elsewhere in the South Pacific, other countries are facing extreme weather with the development of category one Cyclone Ula, located on Thursday morning (local time) north of Samoa and moving south-westerly.

Another low pressure system in the North Pacific near Marshall Islands is also threatening to intensify.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

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

UN warns current El Niño event is strongest since 1998 and will continue into early 2016

The third Advisory Note on El Nino for Asia-Pacific countries, issued jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), warns that the current El Nino event is likely to be one of the strongest since 1997-1998 and will persist into the second quarter of 2016.