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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
ECHO Factsheet – The Pacific Region – September 2014

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.

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Solomons tsunami victims still in shelters

19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Australia-Solomon Islands partnership delivers infrastructure repairs in West Guadalcanal

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Moses Virivolomo, and the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, inspected the completed flood repairs in West Guadalcanal on Thursday 18 September 2014.

Bridge approaches and other crossings on the West Guadalcanal Highway were washed out during the floods in April, cutting access to Honiara for thousands of people between Kakambona and Lambi.

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Navy ships deliver supplies to Solomon Islands

Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.

HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education, medical and flood relief supplies from the capital Honiara to coastal communities in need. Labuan headed north and east to Tulaghi and Auki, with her sister ship Tarakan heading south to Guadalcanal’s very remote Weather Coast.

Commanding Officer of Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, said the landing craft were ideally suited to the task.

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Temotu, a year and a half after the tsunami

Many Temotu communities affected by the February 2013 tsunami are on their way back to normalcy, thanks to the resilience of communities and some assistance from various organisations.

Restored food gardens, temporary shelters, and some new livelihood opportunities are among the signs of recovery, one year and a half on from the disaster.

"It’s the local people here who take the initiative to make these programs work at a village level,” said Temotu Premier Fr. Charles Brown Beu.

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India + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 September 2014)

About 8,000 people have been displaced by the storm in the Philippines; the Government is leading the response, including the distribution of food and non-food items to the affected people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Philippines + 13 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin January - June 2014

The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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People urged to take precaution in wake of heavy rain alert

People residing in flood-risk areas have been advised to take precaution and observe disaster safety measures in wake of the current rainy weather.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued a Heavy Rain Alert this morning which is in force for all Provinces in the country.

The situation was caused by a depression which lies over the Solomon Islands and links to a low pressure system located to the southwest of Choiseul Island and slowly moving in a westerly direction.

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World + 11 others
IFRC and SPREP sign partnership to improve climate information and reduce disaster risk for Pacific Islanders

4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change.

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World + 3 others
A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region

31 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.

The project was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

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Measles vaccination to start in Solomons

Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.

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Two dead in Solomons from measles

The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.

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Housing plans for disaster-affected around the country awaiting government endorsement

Housing plans to assist disaster-affected people have been developed, and are awaiting approval and financial support from the government.

A budget submission seeking funds for housing repairs and reconstruction in Honiara, Guadalcanal and repatriation areas had been submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

The submission also includes permanent housing reconstruction for Temotu communities affected by the 2013 tsunami and earthquake.

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Improving health of rural communities

Report
World Vision

Rolland Gito - Rara is a remote community in Solomon Islands where basic health services are limited leaving women and children especially vulnerable to disease and injury. World Vision is working with communities in south Malaita province to adopt improved health and nutritional practices in order to protect the health of women and children.

Rebecca Supa’au, 30, a village health volunteer, spends time with women in the village raising awareness on healthy diet, good hygiene practices, antenatal checks and having a clean environment.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Australia provides additional $2 million for Solomon Islands flood recovery effort

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, today announced Australia will provide an additional $2 million to assist ongoing recovery efforts following April’s devastating floods in Solomon Islands.

The disaster claimed 23 lives, displaced thousands and inflicted widespread damage to local infrastructure, including critical bridges and roads.

Senator Mason made the announcement while delivering a keynote address to business leaders and Solomon Islands Government ministers at the Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane.

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Solomon Islands atoll desperate for supplies

By Online Editor

10:25 am GMT+12, 21/08/2014, Solomon Islands

A former trade negotiator in Solomon Islands says the people of Sikaiana Atoll in the Malaita Province are desperate for food and medical supplies after five months without a shipping service.

Robert Sisilo says the situation is increasingly urgent and the population of 250 people are without a nurse or teachers.

He says food grown on the island has basically run out and people are pleading with authorities in Honiara to send a boat as quickly as possible.

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World + 21 others
PROE Rapport annuel 2013

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

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World + 21 others
SPREP Annual Report 2013

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year: