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Sri Lanka + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 3 - 9 June 2014

Heavy rainfall in southwest Sri Lanka has resulted in floods and landslides. Government figures indicate 24 people have died while nearly 120,000 have been affected by the floods.

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 3 June 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. The recent trend for dengue is increasing in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Singapore. Compared to 2013, Malaysia was the only country of these four where 2014 was substantially higher compared to the same period in 2013.

Dengue virus infection in the Pacific Region

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 6 June 2014)

There are over 1,500 people remaining in six evacuation centres in Honiara following floods, with the Government encouraging home returns and the allocation of support based on levels of household impact.
Twenty-two schools require immediate rehabilitation.

Diarrhoea cases are decreasing following targeted hygiene messaging in affected communities.

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Solomon's diarrhoea outbreak kills at least 18 children

At least 18 children have died in a diarrhoea outbreak sweeping across the Solomon Islands.

Health officials say at least a thousand other people have fallen ill.

The Ministry of Health has declared a nationwide alert and is urging citizens to wash their hands with soap and use clean towels after using the toilet.

Under Secretary for Policy and Planning, Dr Chris Becha, says all of the deadly cases involved very young children.

"The verified figure is all of them are under five in the past two weeks," he said.

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World + 38 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 28 May – 03 June

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Guadalcanal Province gets automated weather station and rain gauge

(Honiara, Solomon Islands) – The installation of an automated weather station and rain gauge in the villages of Avuavu and Marau Sound in the Guadalcanal Province will assist in gathering more accurate data on the unpredictable weather patterns in the provinces.

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World + 1 other
Three pacific aid groups share inaugural PILAR Award

Three community organisations have received recognition in the inaugural Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience known as PILAR, it's a major new award in the Pacific for disaster reduction.

Prizes were handed out at a dinner in Suva last night to Caritas Australia, the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific and the Pacific Disability Forum.

Tim Wilcox, head of the Pacific branch of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, tells Richard Ewart the reasons behind handing out three awards.

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Indonesia + 2 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 27 May - 2 June 2014

Around 150 people from Oitui Village, Bima District, were evacuated following warnings of further eruptions and fear of possible earthquakes. Government distributes masks, provides clean water.

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods Situation Report No. 9 (as of 29 May 2014)

Highlights

• The number of internally displaced persons has reduced to 1,530 across six evacuation centres in Honiara.  

• 1,020 households have been assessed as badly damaged in Guadalcanal Province, with over 2,700 kitchens destroyed.  

• Shelter and non-food item distributions are covering 50 per cent and 66 per cent respectively of assessed needs in Guadalcanal.  

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United Nations releases $1.8 million to support life-saving activities in flood-affected Solomon Islands

(Suva, 29 May 2014): The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to flood-affected people in the Solomon Islands.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will use the funds to deliver life-saving activities, including health, nutrition, immunization, reproductive health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 21 – 27 May

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Solomon Islands + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 20 - 26 May 2014

Following April's severe flooding in the Solomon Islands, the government is now encouraging evacuees to return home as humanitarian action shifts its focus to early recovery.

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Honiara flood victims say Solomon Islands Government is dragging its feet on their future

Solomon Islanders displaced by last month's flash floods have accused the government of neglecting their plight by failing to make a decision to release land for rebuilding.

Solomon Islanders displaced by last month's flash floods have accused the government of neglecting their plight by failing to make a decision to release land for rebuilding.

Jeffrey Leni, head of the Flash Flood Victims Coalition Taskforce, says there is also concern that some of the food aid for victims is falling into the wrong hands.

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World + 22 others
Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

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6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.

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Fears of more flash flooding in Solomon Islands

There are more fears of flash flooding for riverside settlers on the Fiu and Kwaiafa Rivers in Solomon Islands, as continuous heavy rain caused both rivers to rise.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods - Situation Report No. 8 (as of 22 May 2014)

There is no official government decision on land entitlements for people whose homes were destroyed by the floods. The delay is frustrating evacuee rights groups.

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World + 36 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 – 20 May

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 13 - 19 May 2014

Drinking water remains a concern for an estimated 50 per cent of the 50,000 people affected by the severe floods in April; MoH is investigating the diarrhoea-related deaths of four children from Guadalcanal.

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Calm in Honiara after two nights of rioting

Solomon Islands' police say the situation in Honiara and other parts of Guadalcanal is calm after two nights of rioting at the end of last week during which several people were injured and five were arrested.

The police say most of the rioters were people affected by last month's flood disaster, with many coming from a temporary evacuation centre at the national university.

Latest reports from the United Nations say there are still as many as 4,500 people living in ten evacuation centres more than a month after the floods struck.

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