The El Niño 2015-16 in the Context of Past El Niños
The 2015/16 El Niño Event
An El Niño event was officially declared in March 2015, gaining in intensity until it reached its peak in December 2015. The event came to an end in May 2016, becoming one the strongest on record, together with the El Niños of 1982-83 and 1997-98.
· WFP is finishing up its first round of food distribution in the Hela and Enga Provinces of the Highlands Region and is preparing for a second round to reach 127,000 people.
· On 18 July, WFP began a food distribution that will reach 28,000 people in the Western and Southern Highlands Provinces.
· On 08 August, WFP will initiate a food distribution in Milne Bay Province to reach 52,000 people.
207,000 people in need of food assistance.
Climate Change Matters.
The month of July has brought new and expanding partnerships for SPREP as you will read between SPREP and the Australian Government’s key research institution: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and a second with German Government’s international aid agency (GIZ). We are working together to strengthen support to Pacific island countries’ national efforts to tackle climate change and ultimately improve their overall resilience.
Investigation on Remote Pacific Island Finds Deliberate Abuse Hidden Behind Wall of Secrecy
Australia ordered to resettle nearly 900 asylum seekers held on Manus Island detention centre after PNG ruled the centre illegal
By Colin Packham
SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Australia to present a resettlement plan for nearly 900 asylum seekers held in what it says is an illegal detention centre on Manus island -- a move detainees fear will further delay their release.
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West Papuan refugees in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby have expressed gratitude at being given land for resettlement.
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by Matt Watson
The Federal Government has doubled its financial offer to convince asylum seekers on Manus Island to return home, Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said.
Mr Rintoul said the offer was increased from $10,000 after Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled the detention of asylum seekers was illegal in April.
Summary of the Operation
On 15 September 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocation, to deliver humanitarian aid to families affected by the frost and drought resulting from the El Niño effect.
As of 12 July 2016, there were 180 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in the same period of the previous four years (2012-2015)
As of 27 July 2016, 67 countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (64 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):
50 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards.
Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.
Sydney, Australia | Wednesday 7/27/2016 - 07:27 GMT
Australian doctors mounted a legal challenge Wednesday against laws which they say silence whistleblowers at immigration detention camps, after allegations of abuse at the controversial Pacific island centres.
Doctors, lawyers and refugee advocates have criticised the offshore camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, alleging some asylum-seekers suffer from sexual abuse and mental health problems.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 27, 2016) – A Sudanese man who fled war and persecution and was injured in riots in Manus Island in PNG has been secretly deported from Melbourne to Christmas Island.
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Port Moresby, July 27, 2016 – Small-scale natural disasters such as flash floods and landslides have the potential to cumulatively impact communities harder over the course of years – yet they receive far less attention as compared to major disasters. To improve the situation, there is a need to put in place a good information system for disasters, says a United Nations (UN) Disaster Information expert.
Message from the Director
The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.
Five refugees from the Regional Processing Centre in Manus will be identified and made known to the court next Monday (July 25) to undergo a test case of resettlement in the country.
Lawyer Ben Lomai, who is representing over 600 residents at the processing centre, will be assisting the Supreme Court to identify five of his clients to undergo the resettlement test case.