Physical Exposure to Drought
Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.
The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:
Tropical Storm Risk Zones
This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific
Wild land fires and other biomass fires annually burn a total land area of between 3.5 and 4.5 million km2, equivalent to the surface area of India and Pakistan together, or more than half of Australia. This makes it one of the most spatially prevalent hazards after drought.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
Diarrhoea: Guam, Northern Marianna Islands
Influenza-like illness: Palau, Solomon Islands
Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, French Polynesia, Samoa and Tokelau.
Cook Islands reports three imported cases (one with travel history to Samoa and two to French Polynesia).
The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Palau, Samoa
- Diarrhoea: Guam, Palau, Tonga
- Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Guam, Palau, Solomon Is, Tuvalu
- Prolonged Fever: Palau, Solomon Is, Tonga
When it comes to disasters, climate change and the environment, the Solomon Islands is one of the South Pacific’s most vulnerable countries.
Bridges, schools, clinics, hospitals, fisheries, footpaths and roads, water supplies, sea walls, office complexes, and crops are just a few examples of infrastructure and development subject to risk.
To help combat this, a Risk Resilient Development Toolkit is being developed to help decision-makers factor risk into their planning.
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is taking a lead role in driving these initiatives.
A three-day forum attracted representatives from government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), agency, and other partnering groups to address these issues, and discuss ways to help communities become less vulnerable.
Measles cases have declined in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province and appear to be declining in other provinces.
Two children from Western Province are reported to have died from measles-related complications, bringing the total death count to nine.
All provinces have either finished or are in the final stages of the Measles Vaccination Campaign.
The focus of the National Measles Vaccination Campaign is now on Rapid Coverage Assessments (RCAs) and a mop-up of all zones with coverage less than 95%
Today I met with United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark to discuss how Australia and the UNDP can further collaborate to reduce poverty, empower women and build stronger democratic institutions.
We also discussed the humanitarian toll being exacted by ISIL, the civil war in Syria and Iraq and what more the international community can do to assist, and the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Australia will provide more than $21 million to the UNDP this year to support its vital work around the world.
For the children of Ghavaga Kindergarten in Guadalcanal Plains, having new sanitation facilities is a first step towards a healthy physical learning environment benefiting a child’s learning and health. Last week, some 75 children and their teacher’s received two toilets, with an additional four for their community.
“This is really a big achievement for the school and our little children as water and sanitation is one of our priority development plans for the school for the next three years,” said Alice Bunia, a kindy teacher at Ghavaga Kindergarten.
No of people affected: 52,000
No of people to be assisted: 21,000
DREF allocated: CHF 158,099
Glide n° FL-2014-000045-SLB
Operation budget: CHF 684,278
Solomon Islands flash floods impact: Prolonged heavy rainfall associated with a tropical depression passing over the Solomon Islands on 3 April 2014 resulted in severe flooding in the capital Honiara and the northern Guadalcanal Plains. Associated damage was also recorded in the Guadalcanal region, together with the Makira, Malaita and Isabel Provinces.
In this Issue
- Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
- Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
- Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
The Solomon Islands is set to have a one-stop-shop database of maps and relevant information that shows decision-makers where risks like flooding, erosion and landslides are high.
From the data collected so far, staff in the Solomon Islands' Ministry of Environment Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) have observed that flooding in the Solomon Islands has been getting worse over the past few years.
(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.
More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.
Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.
22 people were killed and 9,000 left homeless when flash flooding swept Honiara and Guadalcanal Plains in April.
Since then, World Vision has been working on the recovery effort and is nearing the end of its work to fully restore water supply and sanitation.
Director’s Note and About Us
SIDS DOCK Special
SIDS challenged to invest in climate services
‘Vital Harbour’ launch
SIDS & Pacific Resilience Showcase
Renewable energy: The wind beneath our wings
The Solomon Islands way
IFRC and SPREP sign partnership & Involve communities and the media
Weatherfront & Monthly calendar