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09 Jul 2015 description

A state of disaster has been declared at the tailings dam of the closed Gold Ridge gold mine in Solomon Islands as unseasonal rains continue to fill the dam to dangerously high levels.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

09 Jul 2015 description

The Solomon Islands government is warning of an increased risk of infectious disease outbreaks following recent heavy rain and strong winds associated with Cyclone Raquel.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Jul 2015 description

One person has been confirmed dead and eight people are missing following last week's freak cyclone in Solomon Islands.

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07 Jul 2015 description

Anna Salleh
ABC

It would cost billions to replace buildings like houses, schools, airports and power stations, which are currently at risk in the South Pacific from rising seas and other climate-change related events, say researchers.

The article, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change has analysed the vulnerability of 12 Pacific island countries to such hazards.

06 Jul 2015 description

INDIA

Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.

40 people dead

The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.

MYANMAR

06 Jul 2015 description

UNESCO and the University of South Pacific (USP) signed a new partnership agreement on 30th June 2015 to implement the Malaysia Funds- in- Trust project on loss and damage from climate change and climate extremes in multi-countries including Samoa, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Timor Leste. Denis Chang Seng, the Natural Science Programme Specialist for the Pacific States said this was a major milestone. It had been challenging to get to this point.

02 Jul 2015 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam is monitoring Tropical Storm Raquel, which has the potential to see a repeat of the type of flash flooding in the Solomon Islands that caused extensive damage to Honiara last year.

Oxfam's Country Director in the Solomon Islands Abimibola Akinyemi said forecasts showed the storm was expected to travel South-South-West from Isabel province, towards Western Province. Tropical cyclone warnings are current for all Solomon Islands Provinces.

02 Jul 2015 description

Cyclone Raquel is weakening but forecasters are warning flash floods and landslides are still likely for Solomon Islands.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

02 Jul 2015 description

(Auckland, 2 July 2015): Talks about the future of humanitarian action in the Pacific have wrapped up with calls for stronger partnerships with vulnerable and crisis affected communities.

“Pacific Islanders live with the threat of disaster and climate change every day. These communities have a great deal to teach us about effective emergency response and the humanitarian community is keen to learn what it can do better,” said Stephen O’Brien, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

01 Jul 2015 description

By Becky Webb, IFRC

Concerns are mounting as tropical cyclone Raquel continues to bear down on the Solomon Islands, with coastal communities already facing heavy rains and gale force winds. An official tropical cyclone watch was announced by the countries’ Meteorological Service at 7.30 am on 1 July and communities are now being warned of the potential for thunderstorms, sea swells and coastal flooding.

30 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated states of Micronesia
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever:Kiribati, Tonga
  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Other updates

Chikungunya

30 Jun 2015 description

More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific are gathering in Auckland this week to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region.

Read more on the OCHA website.

30 Jun 2015 description

Elevation and Bathymetry

The region is home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in China) at 8,848m, as well as the deepest surveyed point in the oceans,
Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench at 10,911m.

30 Jun 2015 description

OCHA in the Pacific

The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Small, vulnerable island states are isolated by vast expanses of ocean. They experience frequent and intense disasters with disproportionately high economic, social and environmental consequences.

In 1999, OCHA established a Regional Office for the Pacific to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors

30 Jun 2015 description

Regional Partnerships

The Asia-Pacific region contains a diverse array of cultures, environments, and societies. One of the fastest growing economic regions in the world, it is also the most disaster-prone. While natural disasters affect the region frequently, as this region continues along its path of development, regional partnerships will be essential in developing the capacities of countries to reduce risk and vulnerability and to respond to disasters.

29 Jun 2015 description

(Auckland, 30 June 2015): More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific have gathered in Auckland to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region.Co-chaired by Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the Pacific is the seventh of eight regional consultations being held ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

25 Jun 2015 description

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PACIFIC?

Drought

Hight risk of severe drought in PNG,
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Island. The risk of drought is also high for Palau, Northern Marianas and Guam, FSM and Marshall Islands.

Increased rainfall

Above normal rainfall is expected in Kiribati between June and August 2015

Cyclones

23 Jun 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Introduction

According to the World Risk Index 2014, the Pacific has four (Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) of the top ten countries at greatest risk. Vanuatu is at the top of the list. In previous years, Fiji was also included among the top ten.

22 Jun 2015 description

OVERVIEW

The Pacific Region had nine major emergencies between November 2013 and June 2014.The 2014 - 2015 cyclone season has been one of the most active in terms of the number and intensity of cyclones, as well as the length of season. A total of 9 cyclones were observed with five of these having significant humanitarian consequences.

19 Jun 2015 description

Summary

This Revised International Appeal seeks a total of CHF 6,886,878 to enable the IFRC to support the coordinated response of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) to deliver emergency assistance and longer-term support to some 100,200 people (20,040 households) following Tropical Cyclone Pam (and other storms) for a period of 24 months.