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Solomon Islands + 1 other
United States increases disaster relief assistance to Solomon Islands in response to floods

In response to floods in Guadalcanal Island last week, the United States Government will provide an additional $150,000 U.S. dollars for the delivery of emergency relief items and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance for disaster-affected communities. Save the Children is the new implementing organization for the U.S. disaster relief assistance with a new total of $250,000 U.S. dollars.

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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No. 6

SITUATION DESCRIPTION

No weather and flood threats currently for Solomon Islands. Mostly fine weather for the next 18hrs for the whole country.

Total number of deaths – 21 – downgraded from 23.
Most recent verified data from Police Operation Centre. This recent data should be the most accurate.

DISPLACEMENTS

-Displaced people are still occupying all (24) the designated evacuation centres.

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WHO responds rapidly to health needs from flash floods in Solomon Islands

10 April, 2014 - Heavy rains from 3 to 5 April 2014 resulted in flash flooding in Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands. The Government declared a state of emergency in Honiara and the rest of Guadalcanal province. Over 52,000 people are affected across the entire country; many have lost their homes and livelihoods. The death toll has risen to 23.

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Official statement from Solomon Islands National Disaster Council Chair Dr. Melchoir Mataki: No blockages found in Mataniko, Lungga, Tina rivers - 10 April 2014

The Mataniko, Lungga and Tina rivers were not found to have any blockages during an aerial assessment yesterday.

These three major rivers were investigated, along with other main rivers in Guadalcanal, following reports of dams being created upstream by landslides during last week’s flooding crisis.

The Civil Aviation Authority, who conducted the assessment, reported no dams or additional unsafe inundated areas along these rivers.

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Official statement from Solomon Islands National Disaster Council Chair Dr. Melchoir Mataki: We must work together to restore the Solomon Islands - 10 April 2014

Thursday 10 April
9.40am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Solomon Islands has endured a week filled with destruction and enormous tragedy.

Together as a nation, we now focus not only on recovering from these events, but also reducing the risks of a disaster like this happening here again.

The help we have already received during our time of need is beyond valuable. We have seen the true meaning of friendship from all partners and people, both local and international.

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Solomon Island Govt:effects of floods still coming in

The head of the National Disaster Office in Solomon Islands says emergency repairs to roads and bridges has allowed teams to go further into Guadalcanal Province to assess flood damage.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No. 7

SITUATION DESCRIPTION

The current situation now is that the floods are now recedes in almost all the flood inundated areas, and humanitarian responses are slowly being delivered by the Government and the Humanitarian Actors.

Initial Damaged Assessments (IDA) is now being undertaken by the Honiara City Council and Guadalcanal Province whilst Detail Sectoral Assessments (DSA) is being conducted by the responsible Government Ministries through the relevant Sectors. The DSA is expected to complete within the next 14 days.

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Humanitarian assistance must include leadership by Solomon Island women

Posted Thu, 2014-04-10 16:44 by George Herming

The Pacific Island Forum’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Reference Group says leadership by women's groups in planning and delivery of humanitarian assistance can ensure the protection of women and girl’s rights during this state of natural disaster in Solomon Islands.

Their call is in line with existing gender commitments in the region, including the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women Peace and Security and the Pacific Leaders’ Gender Declaration.

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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No.5

SITUATION DESCRIPTION

The general weather situation as reported at 8:00 am this morning for the next 18 hrs:

Tropical cyclone Ita (category two) with the central pressure of 981 hectopascals as of 5:00 am this morning has now moved and currently located approximately 11 nautical miles south of Venama Island, PNG.

There is no current warning or threats related to the Cyclone for Solomon Islands.
All rivers around Guadalcanal have subsided and returning to normal water levels.

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Racing to combat the spread of disease in flood-ravaged Solomon Islands

By Corinne Ambler, New Zealand Red Cross

When a wall of water came roaring down Honiara’s Mataniko River towards her riverside home, Anna Maena only had enough time to grab her two children and run. She watched from a nearby hill as her home was destroyed and carried away, leaving the family with almost nothing.

“All the houses were washed away,” she says. “They didn’t even float, they just sank.”

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods Situation Report No. 2 (as of 10 April 2014)

Aid agencies report that pre-positioned stocks are nearly exhausted and there are not enough supplies for all affected people. A draft response plan is being developed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Further NZ aid flight to Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman have announced a second New Zealand Defence Force C-130 flight will be made to the Solomon Islands.

“Assessments on the ground have reinforced the need for a further C-130 flight to transport additional supplies to help support the relief effort after the severe flooding on Guadalcanal,” Mr McCully says.

“The C-130 will carry additional relief supplies and technical experts to assist with relief and recovery work being carried out by the Solomon Islands Government.”

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The latest from the Solomons' flood zone

The Solomon Islands Red Cross says it has requested help to boost its capacity to purify water for people in evacuation centres.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Water is a major concern as recovery efforts underway in Solomon Islands

Report
Oxfam

With recovery efforts in Honiara and its surrounds underway following devastating flooding, there is growing concern around the lack of clean water and sanitation in the region.

More than 50,000 have been affected across the country and while the flooding has largely subsided, up to 10,000 people remain in evacuation centres and debris and damage continues to hamper recovery efforts.

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Emergency aid headed to flooded Solomon Islands

Report
Direct Relief

Direct Relief is sending emergency aid to the Solomon Islands following massive flooding that has resulted in at least 23 deaths and the displacement of 9,000 people.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
United States to provide disaster relief to Solomon Islands in response to floods

In response to floods in Guadalcanal Island last week, the United States Government will provide the French Red Cross Society $100,000 for the delivery of emergency relief items and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance for disaster-affected communities.

On April 4, U.S. Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Walter North issued a disaster declaration to support the immediate relief efforts to counter the effects of the floods in the Solomon Islands.

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Ministry of Education responds to Guadacanal flooding

Posted Thu, 2014-04-10 10:28 by George Herming At the Taskforce for Education in Emergency Situation (TEES) meeting held on 7 April representatives of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Education Authorities and UNICEF agreed on immediate priorities in response to the recent flooding in Honiara and Guadalcanal.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #3, 7 - 9 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Torrential rain and river overflow in the capital city of Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement between 3-5 April 2014

  • Entire residential and business communities destroyed in Honiara search and recovery still ongoing for missing persons

  • 9,022 people are living in 24 evacuation centres in Honiara. Some relief is reaching them but the water and sanitation situation is deteriorating and morbidity is increasing

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9 April 2014: Solomon Islands – Severe Weather/Flash Floods

• A Low Pressure Area brought heavy rainfall on the Solomon Islands over 1-3 April, causing flash floods and river overflows. After crossing the Solomon Islands, it moved towards south Papua New Guinea, intensifying into a Tropical Cyclone named ITA.

• Worst affected was the island of Guadalcanal, where the overflow of river Mataniko, as well as sea level rise, caused extensive damage and casualties in the capital Honiara.
Damages have also been reported in Makira, Malaita and Isabel provinces.

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Thousands of Children Missing School

Nine school buildings in the capital Honiara are being used as evacuation centres, while many others have been badly damaged, with floodwaters drenching carpets, smashing windows and destroying learning materials.