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09 Jan 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia
  • Diarrhoea: Tokelau
  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Palau
  • Prolonged Fever: French Polynesia, Tonga

Other updates


  • Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, French Polynesia, Samoa and Tokelau.


  • Dengue serotype-1 outbreak is ongoing in French Polynesia.


31 Dec 2014 description

Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines

The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.

31 Dec 2014 description

Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific

This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.

31 Dec 2014 description

Flood Risk

Risk assessment for an area exposed to multiple hazards requires solutions to compare the risks. This map was generated by adding the value of mortality to the cumulated risk of cyclones, earthquakes, floods and landslides. Categories of risk based on expected annual losses.

This product was designed by UNEP/GRID Europe for the Global Assessment Report on Risk Reduction (GAR). It was modeled using global data.

Credit: GIS processing UNEP/GRID-Europe. http://preview.grid.unep.ch

31 Dec 2014 description

Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

31 Dec 2014 description

Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

21 Dec 2014 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Guam, Northern Marianna Islands

  • Influenza-like illness: Palau, Solomon Islands

Other updates


Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, French Polynesia, Samoa and Tokelau.

Cook Islands reports three imported cases (one with travel history to Samoa and two to French Polynesia).

09 Dec 2014 description

New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

08 Dec 2014 description

Water security is a major challenge for most if not all the Pacific Island countries, and not least Palau.

Audio: Palau's water security project targets outlying states

But the problem is considered to be particularly accute in the republic's five outlying states, and inevitably the situation is being exacerbated by the impact of climate change.

03 Dec 2014 description

• HAGUPIT (named RUBY in the Philippines) continued moving over the western Pacific Ocean on 2 December, strengthening into a Typhoon. On 3 December at 12.00 UTC, it was a Typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h and its centre was located approx. 170 km south-west of Yap and 1 200 km east of the coast of southern Philippines.

01 Dec 2014 description

Palau’s work in marine conservation and protected areas is part of building the country’s resilience to climate change and addressing food security said the President of Palau, His Excellency Tommy Remengesau Jr, at a meeting on Palau’s Climate Change Policy Framework (PCCPF).