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07 Mar 2016 description


  • IOM conducted a weeklong training on conservation agriculture to 110 members of drought affected communities in Jiwaka, Enga and Simbu Provinces.

  • In response to recent flooding and landslides in the Highlands and Momoase regions, IOM prepares to deliver relief to an estimated 1,500 heavily affected households.

  • IOM provides post-conflict relief to a community in Pomio District, East New Britain Province, in the form of shelter, NFIs and food items.

Situation Overview

06 Mar 2016 description

By: Nick Turner, EM TV News, Special to IOM

On face value, the Carteret Islands are a little piece of paradise in the Pacific. Located 86km north-east of Buka, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, the atoll is home to a scattering of five picturesque islands and some of the clearest ocean water I have ever come across. However, dig a little deeper and spend just a few minutes on any of these five, low-lying islands, and the impact of climate change and rising sea levels is evident to even the untrained eye.

04 Mar 2016 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 4 Mar 2016 13:14 GMT

Author: Alisa Tang

BANGKOK, March 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After months of food and water shortages caused by drought and frost, Papua New Guinea is suffering floods and mudslides affecting 2,000 people living on a "razor's edge" after last year's lack of rain.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

04 Mar 2016 description


2.8 MILLION people in need of food assistance in Zimbabwe.

3.6 MILLION food insecure in Haiti.

44 PERCENT decline in food and cash income for poor households in Lesotho.

30 PERCENT of the population food insecure in Swaziland.


  • Although the current El Niño is now slowly easing, the humanitarian impacts will continue to be felt for several months ahead, and in many areas, well into 2017.

02 Mar 2016 description

Papua New Guinea, suffering from severe draught, will receive the Israeli mobile desalination unit which will provide clean drinking water in remote rural locations, reflecting Israel's commitment to extending aid to friends around the globe.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with G.A.L. Water Technologies Ltd., held a ceremony on 29 February at which a mobile desalination unit developed in Israel was donated to Papua New Guinea, which is suffering from severe drought.

02 Mar 2016 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has been brought up to date with current recovery activities underway following drought and heavy rains in various parts of the country.

PM O’Neill said more than 25 million Kina has been spent by the national Government on recovery efforts since the drought situation worsened.

“The drought that has affected parts of the country has been severe and impacted on millions of people,” the Prime Minister said.

02 Mar 2016 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced that Papua New Guinea will this week provide 5.5 million Kina to Fiji for the recovery effort following cyclone Winston last week.

PM O’Neill said the funding is intended to purchase shelter, food and medicine for people affected by the serious tropical storm.

“We hope this funding will make a difference for many people who have lost family members, have lost their houses, lost their possessions and lost their sources of food,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.

01 Mar 2016 description

• Out of the 901 primary and secondary schools at least 103 schools (11%) are being used as evacuation centres.

• 38% of all healthcare facilities have been damaged.

• 26,125 people in the most affected areas, (7.5% of the estimated population in these areas), have been provided with WASH supplies to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation.

• The Emergency Coordinator Osnat Lubrani joined Fiji's Ambassador for Climate Change Amena Yauvoli in visiting the cyclonehit islands of Koro in the Lomaiviti Group.

Situation Overview

01 Mar 2016 description

Snapshot 24 February – 1 March 2016

Swaziland: At least 300,000 people – one-third of the population – are in dire need of assistance, specifically of food and water. Poor and erratic rainfall as a result of El Niño dates back to 2014, and Swaziland has been experiencing significant reductions in crop production.

01 Mar 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)

There were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in China in 2015, with the majority of cases being reported during September and October. In December, there were 62 dengue cases (with no associated deaths) reported, which was decreased from 470 cases reported in November, and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).


29 Feb 2016 description


  • Government priorities for immediate relief are shelter, water, health and food, as well as restoration of schools and delivery of seeds.

  • Access to fresh water remains a particular concern. Most of the 67,000 Fijians who had been targeted with water deliveries by end of January due to the El Niño-related drought, live in the corridor most affected by the cyclone.

  • 40,000 affected people (53% male, 46% female) live on small islands, largely in the Eastern Division, where damage is extensive and access is limited.

28 Feb 2016 description


  • On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji.

  • The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific.

  • The Fiji Government estimates almost 350,000 people living in the cyclone’s path could have been affected (180,000 men and 170 000 women).

  • 42 people have been confirmed dead.

  • 1,177 schools and early childhood education centres (ECEs) to re-open around Fiji.

25 Feb 2016 description

Indonesia hosted an initial planning meeting for the Southeastern Asia-Oceania Flash Flood Guidance System to try to boost resilience against one of the deadliest natural hazards.

24 Feb 2016 description


  • In 2015, mixed maritime movements in South-East Asia were characterized by two distinct phases: from January to May, when the volume crossing the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea was significantly greater than during the same period in previous years; and from June to December, when such movements all but disappeared following the abandonment of thousands of refugees and migrants at sea in May