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13 Mar 2015 description

Vanuatu - As a massive typhoon bears down on the tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu, IOM has joined the emergency team set up to respond in case of a severe disaster.

Typhoon Pam, one of four major weather systems in the Pacific, has developed into a Category 5 storm, packing winds of over 250 kilometers per hour. As at 14:00 local time on Friday (GMT +11) it was already affecting the northern part of the island chain and a red alert has been issued for all provinces, according to IOM’s representative Dr. Lesi Korovavala.

13 Mar 2015 description
report Caritas Australia

Communities in Vanuatu are bracing themselves for the largest cyclone to hit the country. Early this morning Tropical Cyclone Pam intensified to a Category 5 “super cyclone”. Super Cyclone Pam is currently moving slowly south towards Vanuatu, with winds of about 215km p/h. The storm is expected to reach winds of up to 280km p/h near the centre by 8pm when it passes east of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila.

13 Mar 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tuvalu
  • Diarrhoea: Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever: New Caledonia, Palau, Tonga

Other updates:

Chikungunya

12 Mar 2015 description

As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the international roadmap for gender equality, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is proud to release the Pacific regional report on progress made since 1995.

Launched overnight at a side event during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the Beijing+20 report is one of the most significant reports released in recent years highlighting progress and setbacks in 16 Pacific Island countries and territories.

11 Mar 2015 description

The disaster preparedness and response from the Papua New Guinea government has been criticised again after another province was struck by the worst flooding in 20 years.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

11 Mar 2015 description

West New Britain authorities are appealing to the Papua New Guinea government to declare a state-of-emergency as they say more than seven million US dollars worth of infrastructure has been destroyed in floods.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Mar 2015 description

A. Executive Summary

This compendium showcases programmes and projects from across the Pacific region that address climate change and disaster risks, through climate change adaptation (CCA), disaster risk management (DRM) and/or greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

09 Mar 2015 description

PHILIPPINES

As of 5 Mar over 82,000 people are displaced due to continuing insecurity in the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao in Central Mindanao. This is an increase of about 12,100 people over the previous three days, according to the authorities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As of 4 Mar, over 64,000 people were staying in 48 evacuation centres across 12 municipalities, while others were hosted by relatives and friends. The situation along the border of the two provinces has stabilised.

09 Mar 2015 description

Les alertes suivantes ont été signalées:

• Diarrhée: Samoa américaines, Tonga
• Syndrome grippal: Kiribati
• Fièvre prolongée: Niue, Palau, îles Salomon, Tokelau

Autres mises à jour:

Chikungunya

Des épidémies de chikungunya sont en cours aux îles Cook, Kiribati, Nouvelle-Calédonie . L’épidémie est en déclin aux Samoa américaines, Polynésie française et Samoa.

09 Mar 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: American Samoa, Tonga

  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati

  • Prolonged Fever: Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tokelau

Other updates:

Chikungunya

Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in Cook Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia. Outbreaks in American Samoa, French Polynesia and Samoa are waning.

04 Mar 2015 description

The National Disaster Office in Papua New Guinea says about 100,000 people have been affected and may need assistance after heavy rain and floods struck many parts of the country.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

04 Mar 2015 description

The Papua New Guinea National Disaster Office is seeking 3 million US dollars in relief assistance for the Western Highlands and Jiwaka provinces which have been hit hard by floods and landslides which have killed seven people.

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03 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kanya D'Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS) - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region’s poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

27 Feb 2015 description

Les alertes suivantzs ont été signalées:

Diarrhée: Samoa américaines, Tonga • Syndrome grippal: Polynésie française, Tonga • Fièvre prolongée: Kiribati, Niue

Autres mises à jour:

Chikungunya

• Des épidémies de chikungunya sont en cours dans les îles Cook, Kiribati, Nouvelle-Calédonie et Samoa américaines. En Polynésie française et Samoa l’épidémie est en déclin.

26 Feb 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: American Samoa, Tonga Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia, Tonga Prolonged Fever: Kiribati, Niue

Other updates:

Chikungunya

  • Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in Cook Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia. Outbreaks in American Samoa, French Polynesia and Samoa are waning.

26 Feb 2015 description

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This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.