Agency Reports and Open Source Data
Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.
By Adam Connors, staff
El Nino-driven drought and frosts in the normally tropical highlands in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are bringing Tasmania-like weather to the region, a regional administrator said.
Enga province administrator Samson Amean called a meeting with a PNG provincial disaster and emergency committee on Monday after hundreds of villages were found to face months without food from local gardens after being destroyed by frosts.
Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.
1.3 million people affected
The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office is warning people not to let apathy set in, following a number of recent earthquakes.
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The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office says three strong earthquakes within a week should remind families of the need for disaster preparedness.
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Sydney, Australie | AFP | samedi 15/08/2015 - 09:36 GMT
Un séisme de magnitude 6,6 a frappé au large des îles Salomon samedi, dans l'océan Pacifique, a annoncé l'Institut américain de géologie (USGS), mais aucun tsunami n’était attendu dans le Pacifique.
Le séisme s'est produit à environ 214 kilomètres à l'ouest de la ville de Lata, et à 460 km de Honiara, capitale de cet archipel, selon l'USGS.
Sydney, Australia | AFP | Saturday 8/15/2015 - 08:41 GMT
A shallow 6.6-magnitude quake hit off the Solomon Islands on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no Pacific-wide tsunami expected.
The quake struck some 214 kilometres (132 miles) west of the town of Lata but 460 kilometres from the capital Honiara, USGS said.
"Based on all the available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in an advisory.
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The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand
- Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.
Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).
El Niño is historically associated with lower rainfall amounts in the Asia-Pacific region; its impact is difficult to predict. Drought and floods are concurrently occurring in many countries in the region, however the effects of drought are expected to prevail and are likely to be heavier than expected.
This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.
Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:
After more than three hours of weaving courageously across the unforgiving waves of the open sea, three banana boats land on the beautiful shores of Fenualoa Island, where 531 people of the Tuwo Community call home. Stepping onto the beach, we are greeted with flower, songs, and coconut bread – an incredibly warm island community welcome.
In April, the Social Club of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea organised a fundraising event to assist some of the most vulnerable Pacific Island communities affected by tropical cyclone Pam.
Through the event, funds were raised through ticket selling, meals and drinks, and brilliant performances from a live band and traditional dances and songs from Vanuatu by Reimama band, SPC singers, and the Bethany Adventist youth choir.
SPC staff, friends and families together managed to raise an outstanding 275,000 XPF (FJD 5500).
[Wednesday 29 July] 2015 (Pacific Islands) – Tanoliu community in the North West Area Council of Shefa Province is attracting Pacific-wide interest in its new Knowledge Hub demonstration crop for farmers to share skills and ideas.
By Mr. Francis Talasasa of the Island Sun in the Solomon Islands
22 July 2015, Nuku’alofa, Tonga -Solomon Islands is the first Pacific island nation to set up a Malaria Early Warning System.
The Director of Solomon Islands Meteorological Service, Mr. David Hiriasi said the Malaria Early Warning System module was introduced on the main island of Guadalcanal.
24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.
Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Niño event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Niño stronger than 1997/8.
Rainfall & El Niño
Less rain in south western Pacic, plunging some countries into drought. More rain in equatorial countries from June -August 2015. If the El Niño is very severe, rainfall may drop steeply from September onwards
Flowers, songs, banana bread, this is the warm welcome you get arriving on the island of Fenolua in the Solomon Islands. Here, you can experience the untouched, unspoiled beauty of this island country: coral-ringed beaches, rainforest-covered mountains and the stunning sea.
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By Becky Webb, IFRC
Weeks of heavy rain have deluged the Solomon Islands over the last month, affecting an estimated 10,000 people across the country. The rains, which began at the end of June, intensified in early July with the arrival of cyclone Raquel and the prolonged downpours have blocked many roads and access routes and also affected power and communications lines.