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Bougainville emergency chief calls on people to help themselves

Following strong earthquakes in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea last weekend, the emergency manager says people need to help themselves.

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Supply boat to leave for cyclone-torn PNG islands on Monday

The coordinator of the cyclone response team in Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay says a supply boat will leave on Monday for the outer islands.

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Bougainville Red Cross says about 50 houses wrecked by quake

The Red Cross in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville says it hopes aid can quickly be got to the victims of two strong earthquakes which struck the south of the province last Friday.

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Relief work underway in PNG after cyclone, but arriving slowly

Relief work in remote Papua New Guinean islands is set to take weeks after damage caused by Cyclone Ita.

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Solomon Islands + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 9-15 April 2014

More than 9,000 people remain displaced in Honiara, and 50,000 more are affected, 12 days after severe flooding devastated Honiara and greater Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

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Solomons flood victims 'terrified' after quakes

04/14/2014 07:26 GMT

by Dorothy Wickham

HONIARA, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - A series of powerful earthquakes off the Solomon Islands sparked panic in evacuation centres filled with victims of an earlier flood but apparently caused no serious damage, aid workers said Monday.

A 7.6-magnitude quake woke residents in the flood-hit capital Honiara early Sunday, followed soon after by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock, then a tremor close to midnight that measured 7.5, according to the US Geological Survey.

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“Priceless” donation from neighbour Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Government is providing an initial support of $200,000 through their High Commission in the Solomon Islands, as well as a pledge of PGK1 Million (around $3 million).

“The Government and people of Papua New Guinea stand united to support and assist in the coming weeks,” PNG Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said last Thursday.

The donation is for those affected by flash flooding, and is intended to provide relief, resettlement, infrastructure repair, and other efforts.

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More than 50,000 affected in PNG by Cyclone Ita

It is estimated 54,000 people in Papua New Guinea have been affected by tropical cyclone Ita and authorities expect that number to rise.

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Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

04/11/2014 08:23 GMT

SYDNEY, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at an estimated depth of 54 kilometres (34 miles) at around the same distance west of the town of Panguna on the remote and volcanic Bougainville island.

Geoscience Australia estimated the quake at 7.4 magnitude and said the tremor, which hit close to the neighbouring Solomon Islands, was believed to be in the "shallow" range.

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Severe cyclone dumping rain on PNG as it heads for Australia

There are forecasts 300 millimetres of rain will be dumped between now and Friday morning on Papua New Guinea's south; courtesy of the category 4 Cyclone Ita.

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Ita is heading towards the far north Queensland coast and emergency crews there are ramping up their preparations as the cyclone is expected to make landfall around Cooktown Friday night.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

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South Pacific: Tropical Cyclone Ita (as of 8 Apr 2014)

NASA's Aqua Satellite Reveals Tropical Cyclone Ita Strengthening

Tropical Cyclone Ita's maximum sustained winds have increased over the last day and NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible look at the storm on April 8.

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Solomon Islands + 4 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1-8 April 2014

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands has left 23 people dead and many more still missing. Heavy rainfall in China has also caused 14 deaths and massive evacuations.

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Philippines + 4 others
8 April 2014: World – Weather Events

PHILIPPINES - Tropical Cyclone PEIPAH

  • On 8 April, at 06.00 UTC, PEIPAH (locally known as DOMENG) was a tropical depression located approx. 500 km east of Mindanao.
  • In the next 24h, it is forecast to continue moving towards Caraga, Eastern Visayas and Bicol Regions, roughly maintaining its intensity. It may approach these areas on 11-12 April.

AUSTRALIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Tropical Cyclone ITA

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Fiji + 4 others
World Health Day - Australia combating vector borne diseases in the Pacific

April 7 marks World Health Day. This year, World Health Day draws attention to the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, lyme disease and yellow fever. This year’s theme—‘Small bite, big threat’—indicates the threats posed by mosquitos, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors.

Every year over 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases—more than half the world’s population is at risk.

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World + 7 others
Redressing Asia's Widening Economic Divide

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Impressive economic gains in Asia and the Pacific are otherwise diminished by still widespread poverty and growing inequality, calling for urgent implementation of inclusive growth approaches among the region’s countries, says a new study.

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Refugee assessments for Manus Island detainees to be delivered within a month, says Scott Morrison

By political correspondent Emma Griffiths

The first refugee assessments will be delivered to asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre within a month, according to a statement from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Mr Morrison also says the first of those found to be refugees could be resettled in Papua New Guinea in June.

The Minister yesterday held the first of what are planned to be monthly meetings about the offshore resettlement program with his Papua New Guinean counterpart, Rimbink Pato, in Port Moresby.

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How witchcraft impacts health in PNG

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GOROKA, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - When Mary got sick, residents in her remote highland village in Papua New Guinea (PNG) didn’t take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer with magical powers instead.

“They said a witch had put a curse on me. They had to remove it. Had they not brought me to the nearest health clinic, however, I could have died,” the 45-year old said.

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US Government Launches Grant Program to Support Climate Change Initiatives in the Pacific Islands Region

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.